Buildings, Architecture and other Oddities

Discussion in 'The Barracks' started by CL1, Nov 19, 2017.

  1. SteveDee

    SteveDee Well-Known Member

    ...no need to stand, there are plenty of stools!
     
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  2. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    Thought this was his day job ?
     
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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Lime Kiln,Burgess Park Southwark,London

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  4. redtop

    redtop Well-Known Member

    Moved this post over ,thought it might
    feel more at home here.


    Not sure what to post this under
    Very interesting blog by Martin .Stanley
    With his permission I am posting hoping for more information.
    Hornchurch & The Bouncing Bomb
    by ukcivilservant

    Can anyone help solve this mystery?

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    This – surely unique – bomb-proof building was constructed at great expense a couple of years before the Second World War. It sits in the grounds of a house in Emerson Park, Hornchurch, then owned by a senior naval architect called Lazarus Serafim Polychroniadis. He had left Athens to make a career in England at the end of the 19th century and was particularly knowledgeable about the effect of water pressure. His daughter Dorothea worked for Winston Churchill during the war and it is believed that Churchill visited the Polychroniadis family during the war.

    The 5 metre square building has extremely thick concrete walls and was provided with its own heating, ventilation, and flushing lavatories. . The only external ‘window’ was a pressure-defying re-purposed submarine hatch. And the only external door was made of strongly reinforced steel, whilst its hinges, too, were made of very thick steel. A 10 ton crane stood outside, powered by non-domestic three phase electricity, which is used in industry etc. to power large electric motors of the sort that are to be found in big cranes.

    Here are photos of the submarine hatch (from outside), steel door (from inside) and a hinge (from outside the building).

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    It seems clear that the building was used for some very special war-related development work, possibly connected with bombs which were designed to bounce off the surface of water and then detonate at specific depths and water pressures. London Gardens Online says that “Wartime experiments were carried out [in Capel Nelmes, Hornchurch] including development of the bouncing bomb across flooded land.”

    The building is not far north of RAF Hornchurch, which may well have supplied the necessary labour and expertise. And the soggy Rainham and Hornchurch Marshes lie near the Thames just south of the airfield.

    There is however no known link with Barnes Wallis and the team who later developed the ‘Dambuster’ bombs.

    Can anyone help with further information, or suggestions about avenues of investigation that might be followed? (We are already in touch with the War Museum and Kew) If so, please email Martin Stanley .

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  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    A great industrial past still hanging on.
    On a large industrial building (now a car supermarket) abutting the Grand Union canal West London

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  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Tube air vent Holborn

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  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    When technology goes wrong
    In supermarket recently and the systems failed
    they brought out the old way of paying by card

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  8. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    They are still hanging around
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  9. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Low flying Chinooks on the way to the NATO summit at the Grove hotel, Watford

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  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Good afternoon

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  11. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    President Trumps taxi and escort
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  12. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Whoa there Horsey.
    Middlesex Street,London E1

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  13. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Turn again, Whittington,
    Once Lord Mayor of London!
    Turn again, Whittington,
    Twice Lord Mayor of London!
    Turn again, Whittington,
    Thrice Lord Mayor of London!


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  14. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Just dropping in no need to crane your neck

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  15. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Look there .through the trees a view toward London,from Wimbledon hill
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  16. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Mechanics all have the classic clipped Great Lakes accent

     
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  17. canuck

    canuck Closed Account

    Ironically, The Sharp Centre for Design - Toronto

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  18. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Lord Byron:One of his favourite thought provoking places.
    Harrow on the Hill St Marys Churchyard

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  19. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Soldier in a phonebox at Fromes Hill Trading Estate , Herefordshire.
     

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  20. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Mini Dambuster

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