PPRuNe Forums


Military Aviation A forum for the professionals who fly military hardware. Also for the backroom boys and girls who support the flying and maintain the equipment, and without whom nothing would ever leave the ground. All armies, navies and air forces of the world equally welcome here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12th Jan 2017, 21:41   #1 (permalink)
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Twixt the old met office and staff college.
Age: 42
Posts: 151
Bye bye Brampton

Found these videos of the demolition at Brampton. Love or hate the place it's a sad thing to see. Another housing estate inbound.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDvo1bZmdOw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZKm39Ddos8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tspUcAYBQJY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mOaeAfOxG8
Fluffy Bunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th Jan 2017, 06:28   #2 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Hotel Gypsy
Posts: 2,329
Some of us remember the Great Fire of '85.
Cows getting bigger is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 13th Jan 2017, 09:18   #3 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: France
Age: 73
Posts: 5,331
Always thought the fire was an excessive response to my posting notice, but had a happy three and a half years in Command Accounts, plus the birth of youngest son.
Wander00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th Jan 2017, 09:37   #4 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Cambridge
Posts: 404
Has every building been cleared? Including the old country house that was the core of the Mess?
kenparry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th Jan 2017, 09:53   #5 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: In the past, or Jersey, or somewhere else abroad
Age: 72
Posts: 3,232
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cows getting bigger View Post
Some of us remember the Great Fire of '85.
The OH certainly does. Her office was a couple of doors down from where the fire started!

Our OMQ was down near the OM in Sandwich Road ... and she slept through all the overnight activity. It was only during her short walk to her office that she realised it wasn't there any more

(I was a weekend commuter, serving at HQ 11 Gp)

Last edited by MPN11; 15th Jan 2017 at 09:21. Reason: spilling
MPN11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th Jan 2017, 12:02   #6 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: France
Age: 73
Posts: 5,331
Has 48 Sparrow Close gone too? Had the interesting (??!!) experience of living between on one side a wife who accused husband occupant of other side of indecent assault. For a few months it was like living in the core of a nuclear weapon about to explode
Wander00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th Jan 2017, 12:20   #7 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: at the behest of the Queen of Canada.
Posts: 772
Have the MQ's been flattened too?
Hueymeister is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th Jan 2017, 13:36   #8 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Sneaking up on the Runway and leaping out to grab it unawares
Age: 54
Posts: 483
The MQs on the south side still exist as does what was the Regt Flt building, This is now 73(Huntingdon)Sqn ATC. However the main site has totally gone.

AFAIAA Brampton Park Officers' Mess is a Grade II Listed Building.
ExAscoteer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th Jan 2017, 14:00   #9 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: In the past, or Jersey, or somewhere else abroad
Age: 72
Posts: 3,232
"BPOM" ... that's a blast from the past!
MPN11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th Jan 2017, 20:20   #10 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Oxford
Posts: 1,915
Weren't they going to turn the officers' mess into a hotel?
tmmorris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th Jan 2017, 22:44   #11 (permalink)

Champagne anyone...?
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: EGDL
Age: 47
Posts: 1,390
I spent many years living at Brampton as sprog. 22 Sparrow Close and then South Road. Folks still live in the village.
StopStart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th Jan 2017, 04:47   #12 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: South East of Penge
Age: 67
Posts: 1,037
BPOM is going to be a "Private Residence" apparently.

I wonder whose?
Haraka is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 14th Jan 2017, 05:27   #13 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Isle of Man
Posts: 139
Quote:
Originally Posted by Haraka View Post
BPOM is going to be a "Private Residence" apparently.
How long has it taken to return to its original status? The world has changed so much. The UK is a long way from the new front line in east Poland. A place where the people of RAF Brampton had quite a few photos of. The new Brampton will be in Austria or some such. It has taken a very long time for the Peace Dividend to filter through. Just a thought.

Added - interesting history on the RAF website. Now needs a little updating.

Last edited by Islandlad; 14th Jan 2017 at 05:40.
Islandlad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th Jan 2017, 21:30   #14 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Chippenham, Wilts
Age: 68
Posts: 276
"Stop Start"

My parents lived in #22 also! 71-73ish.

3P
threeputt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th Jan 2017, 22:10   #15 (permalink)

Champagne anyone...?
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: EGDL
Age: 47
Posts: 1,390
Ha! Magnificent it was in fine order when we got it!
I see you're Chippenham based - ex EGDL perchance...?
StopStart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th Jan 2017, 09:23   #16 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: In the past, or Jersey, or somewhere else abroad
Age: 72
Posts: 3,232
A recollection from the aftermath of the fire ... a VSO sifting through the ashes of his office to find his wife's jewellery, which he kept there for safety
MPN11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17th May 2017, 08:59   #17 (permalink)


Probationary PPRuNer
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Tring
Posts: 1
Great Fire of Brampton!

I was on the Supply Staff at the time of the fire. I recall that the fire started on the inside of the hollow square building, so by the time that the flames were visible the building was well alight.

Rumour had it that one of the AOs called the guardroom to report the fire, but the duty Cpl thought it was his mate messing around and was a little less than polite!

At the time I was recovering from a broken leg, and was getting a lift from a old civil servant. When he picked me up, I told him that the HQ had burnt down, and he didn't believe me! We also were giving a lift to a Wg Cdr who also said that the HQ had burnt down!

When we arrived at BPOM chaos reigned, as Supply had been located in the Annex, our offices were intact. So at the insistence of one Gp Capts, all of the Supply filing cabinets were moved to Supply Sqn, and we next saw them weeks later as all of the other filing cabinets were then also added.

We then had the joys of working in portakabin city as the Senior staff took over the Annex.

Deep joy!
SteveH60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17th May 2017, 11:21   #18 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Pathfinder Country
Posts: 401
Understand some MQs being kept as 'rentals', not being sold off. To help out as Wyton MQs? Best of luck with the Huntingdon Ring Road during peak flow times!
aw ditor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17th May 2017, 13:23   #19 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Lincolnshire
Posts: 100
Quote:
Originally Posted by aw ditor View Post
Understand some MQs being kept as 'rentals', not being sold off. To help out as Wyton MQs? Best of luck with the Huntingdon Ring Road during peak flow times!
Ahhhhhh Huntingdon...
Where the people of the former East Germany go for a touch of Nostalgia
reds & greens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17th May 2017, 15:33   #20 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: The Sunny Side
Posts: 497
Quote:
Where the people of the former East Germany go for a touch of Nostalgia
The Idler book of Crap Towns! The 50 Worst Places to Live in the UK

S-D
salad-dodger is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT. The time now is 18:29.


1996-2012 The Professional Pilots Rumour Network

SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1