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.
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 in mid summer 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 powered the building. 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 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.
The barracks are situated to the north of the site on the left as you enter through the main gate. There are five blocks in total and are built in the shape of a "Z". The centre section had the washing facilities and each side were the sleeping quarters, all twin rooms at least. 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.
These pictures were taken in August 2019.
These pictures were taken in August 2019.
These pictures were taken in May 2020
This was a little frustrating after we ventured across the field to see these buildings. Obviously as you can see from the pictures, the larger buildings were boarded up.
We were particularly looking forward to seeing inside the Control Tower, but there was just no way inside. We had a little mooch around and took the photos below, before being asked politely by the farmer to leave, unforunately missing out on looking at other buildings on the airfield.
These pictures were taken in May 2020.
These are the various buildings situated behind the barracks and near the Heritage Center.
These pictures were taken in May and June 2020.
Where all personnel did their shopping! Both buildings have large open plan rooms, and were very dark inside and we were stunned to find in-tact toilets, sinks and urinals in both buildings, and doors still on their hinges. The buildings have been taken over by nature, they are well hidden, and perhaps puts people off finding these. It was damp and cold inside so we didn't stay long.
This looked like an old garage with rooms on the side, possibly a waiting area, office and store, with an outside toilet block. There was no sign of any petrol pumps, but I guess there must've been some back in the day. It was pretty smashed up. It was located just past the Base Exchange, shrouded among bushes and trees and well hidden.
Originally the school for the children on the base, after closure it was converted into a shop for residents in nearby Wicken Green.
These two buildings were used after the base closed for other businesses but now stand empty and unused. We managed to get inside the Standby Set House, it had been re-purposed as a 4 x 4 servicing business, with a reception waiting area, small kitchen, toilets and large servicing area, complete with original hoists hanging from the high rafters. The Class 6 Ration Stores was originally used for issuing cigarettes, alcohol etc. It was converted into a chip shop as you can see by the photos, but was an unsuccessful business and closed. It is completely secured with no way in so I just got photos from outside.