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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by That-Crazy-Rat-Lady, Feb 1, 2015.
Too right I did, lasted about a fortnight.
After two nights of drinking and eating out for my birthday I decided to get a little exercise with a friend and we’re currently here having a picnic
It was a nice shaded walk up and the sun came out just as we reached the top.
Hope my hips hold out on the way back!!
You could always roll back down...
Well my hips managed to hold out albeit I am in a lot of pain now.
My phone reckons we walked exactly 6 miles and climbed 1140 feet, no wonder I’m a little tender.
It was worth it though.
Here’s a view from ground level.
Wow, the Wrekin's changed a bit since I last went.
The glaciers took the edges off.
And the transmitter's turned into stone
QTH ? ... (where is this ?)
It's Admiral Rodney's Pillar on Briedden Hill in the Criggion estate just over the Welsh border and between Shrewsbury and Welshpool.
Oh and there was a radio ham broadcasting from the top as well. Your QTH bit reminded me
Walking up the coastal path yesterday I decided to take a pix of this old Coast Guard lookout station, which has been like this since at least when I first came down here (over 30 years ago.) I think it's a leftover from World War Two, although it may have seen civilian work too. It's quite remote, if it was manned around the clock, the observers had a fair old walk to work. It's one of quite a few objects left over from the War, large cubes of concrete at beach entrances (as the Cornish would say: 'Proper job to stop Rommel's Panzers.') Such items are scattered across the country I know, but they do seem a bit weird when applied to Cornwall. But that's looking at it from the point of view of this era I suspect. The War was in everybody's face back then.
There are a whole bunch of concrete pillboxes surrounding the place where I worked, but in those days it was an airfield used to cover the Bristol Channel, and then a bivouac camp for American Troops preparing for D Day.
Little bits of history hidden away by their remoteness, overlooked and forgotten.
I vaguely remember concrete structures buried in the sand along the dovey estuary in mid/North Wales, I assume for similar reasons.
There is still a brick pill-box at Baswich Lane railway bridge, but the entrance is bricked up now.
I'm sure a remember a 'proper' pill-box at the Wolseley Arms junction, but I couldn't see it the last time I looked.
Edit:- I does appear that it is still there, though rather overgrown, both itself and its surroundings. It was plainly visible from the road in the 1970s.
I may have to investigate...
Just off the roundabout on the left on Milford road? I think it was where the”layby” is now & it went when they put the roundabouts in. (IIRC)
The photo is stated as being taken in 2014, which seems rather later than the roundabouts in my loosely detailed history of the locality.
The whole area is rather more 'grown up' than it was back in the old days - I feel a foot search coming on...
I've had a (very slight) search for it the whole of this century, whenever driving past.
As a kid I remember quite a lot of old air raid shelters on the left of Beaconside as you approach the Weston Road. (Near what we knew as The Four Trees, but they're long gone.) There used to be one on those allotments at the side of the Rec, but that disappeared quite recently. They all used to be pretty manky inside ... but given the choice of mankiness or a 100 Kg bomb I suspect it would be a one horse race.
Still there in 2012, but just a bit of a hump by 2017.
I used to play in the one on Baswich lane railway bridge.
Used to be one on the field at the bottom of Radford bank ( field on left coming down the bank ). Funnily enough I mentioned that to hubby as we walked past the other night and pointed out where it used to be.
Ah, I do remember that one, too, now,
I was only wondering the other day when the footbridge over the river was built? I lived in Baswich until 1978 and well remember the 'chicken run' across the "footpaths" on the old bridge. I'm not sure if I ever used the 'new' bridge, though.
There was a similar 'sport' on the Baswich Lane bridges, though without even the slightest attempt at a footway being designated, but the railway and the canal are both now also bypassed by footbridges.
I lived in areas that had lots of pill-boxes, around airfields, mostly. They were a sort of fairly modern ancient monument.
@Gramaisc The ' new' pedestrian bridge has been built long after we got married in 82, but can't remember when.
(Remember that as we couldn't afford delivery cost of a fence panel from a wood place down far end of Silkmore lane, so strapped it onto the car roof. It blew off and landed in the road as I drove over the bridge, so hubby carried it the rest of the way home on his back. Had to start off walking in the middle of the road as that bridge pavement was too narrow for it )