Monday, May 25, 2009
HARRIETSHAM AIRFIELD Wds 27 may
THE VILLAGE SQUARE AT THE HAM ON THE RIVER LEN (LENHAM)the shop on the left sells enormous sausage rolls
ABOVE IS THE ANCIENT TRACKWAY FROM STONE HENGE TO DOVER
IT DOESN'T LOOK MUCH DOES IT ?ITS ON THE CREST TO AVOID BOGGY BITS
A QUITE NICE STILE ,AND DRY.SOME TODAY WERE VERY SLIPPERY
THE POSSIBLE LOCATION FOR THE AIRFILED (NO TREES AFTER 90 ODD YEARS)
THE NEW NATURE RESERVE
THIS IS ME COGITATING,AND BEING STARTLED BY THE CAMERA FLASH
This almost looks like an oil painting,apart from the idiot in the woods spoiling it.
The man that shot it down looking very pleased with himself (and so he should)
A grave marker for two of the German/Prussian crew
A picture of the shot-down/crash landed Gotha bomber on the hilltop
What? I hear you ask-what airfield?
WW1 as an airfield to intercept Zepplins and later Gothas(my family bombed by latter in Albany Rd London)
one Gotha crash landed on the flarepath there late in the war
in WW2 was a "starfish"site (QF)a dummy airfiled with oil fires and moving lights to attract bombs.
the picture shows interesting crop marks .
The RV was Lenham village car park,for which ,directions had been sent(and ignored as usual)
Stopping briefly for a sausage roll at the excellent bakers in the village square,we crossed th A20 trunk road and went through the crops up to the NDW at the crest of the hill.We soon crossed the Ancient Trackway which dates back over 5,000 years (see picture)and was a trade route
to the west of England.We the crossed the site of the Airfiled mentioned above and the Decoy site (WW2)although no sign remains of it.(maybe the nissen huts at Little Pivington Farm may be from there )then on toPayden street and OakenPole wood ,then east of Warren Street Water Tower,down waterditch lane to the NDW and then back to lenham
It was raining fit to sting your face,and we all had to put our waterproofs on,and discuss the inability of gentlemen of a certain age ,to do this without falling over.
We passed several Dene Holes (flint mines) and the flints here were of the honey coloured type and large ,and were sought after by the knuckle-draggers,for their workability (see British Museum)
Some pix later when the film comes back from the chemist
7 miles and 6 of us (yes its only 7-- I can't make it any more chaps!)