TF6304 : Wild flowers beside New Road

taken 6 years ago, near to Bexwell, Norfolk, Great Britain

Wild flowers beside New Road
Wild flowers beside New Road
The building in the background is the only one having survived to the north of the airfield. It was the Fuzing Point shed. The chimney behind it belongs to a dwelling house, the only one along this road, which used to link the villages of Crimplesham and Wimbotsham. The road was closed during the war because it traversed the northern part of the airfield, but opened to the public again after the war. It now seems to be closed for traffic for good, serving as a public footpath linking Bexwell Road (A1122) with the A10 road further to the north-west.
RAF Downham Market

The airfield was opened in mid-1942 as a satellite station for RAF Marham. It had three concrete runways which in the late 1970s were lifted and crushed for aggregate, to be used in the construction of the Downham Market by-pass, the A10 road. Only a tiny fragment remains in place today.

The station was home to No. 635 Squadron which formed part of the Pathfinder Force, flying the lead aircraft to mark bombing targets for the following formations. A memorial to two squadron members who were posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross can be found on the green adjoining St Mary's church in Bexwell.

A number of buildings on the former Technical site have survived at what is now the Bexwell Business Park, and a former Mess building can be found on the Stonecross Industrial Estate. See also: Link

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Date Taken
Monday, 14 July, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 17 July, 2014
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 6355 0423 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:36.6734N 0:24.8443E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 6359 0418
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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