Abandoned and derelict former RAF base in Norfolk
Located on the right hand side upon entry to the site by the main gate. It is eerily silent apart from the wind whistling through the exposed metal beams and broken windows. There are quite a few buildings in this area, some are overgrown and inaccesible and some just too damn scary to go into! One building has been taken over and refurbished for business use. The buildings are in a terrible state with roofs, walls and windows missing, paint peeling from the walls, what remains of the electrical installation and roof trusses rusting away and brambles slowly taking over the derelict buildings.
The Gatehouse is a small single room building, once controlling access to the airfield. The windows, door and fixtures are long gone but the building is sturdy and in fairly good condition.
The barracks are situated to the north of the site on the left as you enter through the main gate. There are six blocks in total and are built in the shape of a "Z". Now overgrown, the barrack blocks are all derelict and it's hard to imagine that airmen spent many years living here and were kept in pristine condition. Sadly, vandals have been visiting over the years since they were left empty, and therefore grafitti decorates the walls, which I found fairly disrespectful considering the reason the buildings were there in the first place. The folly of youth I suppose! In the first picture below you can see barrack block 785 to the left taken from Batchelor Drive. The second picture is the three blocks on the same road from behind, blocks 795, 785 and 790.
This is one of the more accessible blocks and closest to the road. It was incredibly eerie walking around the block. It was deathly silent aside from a door banging in the wind, which scared the life out of us! We soon braved it and stepped inside the building. Paint peeling, broken glass everywhere and sadly the walls have been covered in graffiti but you can still imagine airmen climbing the stairs after a long day. Most rooms downstairs still have their storage cupboards, all empty now but some have been etched by whoever lived there. Possibly hoping that one day someone may see it and wonder what sort of life they had here and what they did after leaving Sculthorpe.
This is the only three storey building in the living quarters. It was fairly overgrown with brambles but we found a narrow path through the grasses where other intrepid photographers had gone before us. This was the most derelict building of all of them with several trees growing on top of the roof. Much of the plaster has fallen from the walls and someone had decided at some point to have a fire in one of the rooms using all the wooden doors. We noticed that the rooms were larger than those from barrack 790. We assumed this may be for the officers. The cupboards inside had three doors and were built-in, with top cupboards. A marked difference to those of barrack 790 which were really small, free standing with just one door. There were bathrooms on each floor, all smashed to bits sadly, and heavy graffitti marks every room.
This building is the only single storey building in the living quarters. It is situated to the left of the barrack blocks. It's really overgrown and you can only see it from the Truman Hall upper floors! It's almost completely covered in brambles on the road side. The other side is more open, but we didn't find this out until we battled our way through the undergrowth to get in! We must've found the rear entrance because the first bit we came across was the boiler room that powers the building! The first section below is my explore of this. As we made our way through the brambles there were open tunnels all over the floor, I guess for the pipework from the boiler room, so we had to tread extra carefully. We entered the Rec Room first. This is in the second section below. This looked really nice with a lovely fireplace along the wall. Sadly the children's artwork on the walls is long gone and now covered in graffitti, but a chair and an old TV still remain. I'm guessing this is where the kids played while the crew had dinner and relaxed in the bar. As we walked through we came across a huge dining hall with pillars, and serving hatches and a kitchen. Obviously why there was a boiler room, which was the other side of the wall of the kitchen. You can only imagine the chatting, laughter and celebrations that went on in this room. We exited through a window in the dining hall as all the doors were blocked with brambles or just locked up.