Month: March 2013

Lost in a landscape: Godwick DMV

  There are literally, really, honestly hundreds of these sites in Norfolk, I’ll do a post on them eventually. This one is one of my favourites; it’s remote, a bit hidden up and not exactly populated by other wanderers. The vast majority of these DMVs (Deserted Medieval Villages) are far more deserted at least in terms of visible evidence. This one, Godwick is near Fakenham in North West Norfolk lying on a line of difficult to cultivate glacial tills and heavy clays, it’s not easy to crop, the site was ‘enclosed’ by the Coke of Holkham (for that read...

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Lost in a Landscape: RAF Happisburgh

Everyone I mean *everyone* in North Norfolk, and the Eastern bit of North Norfolk, or East Norfolk as I like to call it when I’m a bit y’know, not from London or the home counties, knows Happisburgh. It’s the most interesting bit of Norfolk Coast by a long way. This is one of the reasons why, amongst many, the many being interesting clays and sands, glacial landscapes, evidence of man over 500,000 years ago, and it looks nice. …and of course this beautifool upside down photogenius pillbox on the beach, I defy you not to take a photo of...

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Colourisation: Alois Gilgenbach

An interesting little job/favour for Rob Schäfer of gottmituns.net/, this is his Great Uncle Alois Gilgenbach, retouched and colourised. I’ve not attempted a Wehrmacht soldier before, but at the end of the day the only real difference was feld grau instead of khaki, still just boys. post on him is here on Rob’s website where you can read a lot more about the young chap, his experiences and his eventual sad demise in Silesia....

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Dead Cities: Deopham Green

RAF Deopham Green, latterly home to 452nd Bombardment Group (Heavy), becoming USAAF designation Station 142*. The group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses as part of the Eighth Air Force’s strategic bombing campaign. This is a remnant of the North Runway and a runaway summer storm travelling across it. It’s still here, or sizeable clues still are. The road just up from here, running between Stalland Road and a kink in the Attleborough Road marks the main NE runway, to the left you can still see the remainder of the concrete that would have been that runway, I think the road...

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City Station – Norwich

A Blitz Ghost of the Portico of City Station, just at the bottom of Barn Road in Norwich being dismantled by one man and a hammer. The Station was bombed on the first night of the raids, Not built on entirely solid ground, it’s basically marsh land round there and I believe that one of the river tributaries flowed under the platforms too. The attach took the form of four 250kg HE bombs, which cracked the brickwork and rendered it all a bit unsafe. This was followed by incendiaries which then burnt down all the passenger shelters and the...

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A Dornier in a car park.

Not something you see every day. This is the Norwich Dornier, a Do 17z Number U5 EA. The same one featured in various photos of Eaton Park in Norwich, Sitting there like a giant Airfix kit being winched onto a flat back. A German Dornier Do17z in bits in the car park behind the City Hall. The photograph was taken by Detective Inspector Victor Hook of Norfolk CID from his office window, It went down somewhere between Norwich and Newmarket, whilst returning from an abortive raid on Coventry in the late summer of 1940, shot down by a burst...

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Blitzed silverware

This is something unique and of particular interest. An outtake from a recent shoot which is the remains of a silver tea service, rescued from the bombed and burnt out ruin of a House in Earlham Road, Norwich you can see the effect the heat and collapsing building had on it. It lives at The Bridewell Museum (Now the Museum of Norwich), in Bridewell Alley go and like their page too for more info). This was picked out of the rubble. If you haven’t been yet, please pay them a visit, really worth it, there’s even a special little...

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