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Old Birmingham / Re: Christmas 2019
« Last post by LMB797 on Today at 03:11:51 PM »
not a fan of christmas, but looking forward to this year
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Old Birmingham / Re: Elmdon
« Last post by WILLIAMARNOLD on Today at 01:53:28 PM »
Interesting.

I grew up on the Damson Lane side of Elmdon Park & we used the park regularly.  There was evidence of WWII defences still visible as I was growing up in that area, but I wasn't aware of the gun emplacements/control centres.  Makes sense though as the airport was an obvious target (as were the nearby gasworks).  There were certainly water filled bomb craters in the woods & farm fields & I remember some fields being very bumpy, having been ploughed into mounds to make them impossible to land on (so I was told).
At the west end of the airport in Sheldon park by the landing lights there are still a number of odd mounds that resemble what i imagine Gun emplacements  to look like i have posted them on the Airfield research group forum whose members are wise in such matters to see what they have to say.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Elmdon
« Last post by RoyMcC on Today at 01:38:31 PM »
Interesting.

I grew up on the Damson Lane side of Elmdon Park & we used the park regularly.  There was evidence of WWII defences still visible as I was growing up in that area, but I wasn't aware of the gun emplacements/control centres.  Makes sense though as the airport was an obvious target (as were the nearby gasworks).  There were certainly water filled bomb craters in the woods & farm fields & I remember some fields being very bumpy, having been ploughed into mounds to make them impossible to land on (so I was told).

That's interesting about the ploughing into mounds, Judith. I suppose it made some sort of sense then. As to the bombings, there were certainly people killed at Jillcot Rd and Rangoon Rd, so no doubt a few landed a little further along.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Elmdon
« Last post by JudithM on Today at 01:29:51 PM »
My post was incomplete as i had not mastered the way this forum works .I came across this forum accidentally when i googled Elmdon defences to see if i could find confirmation of my suspicion that the strange mounds in sheldon park at the west end of Elmdon Airport might have been Gun emplacements .As regards the bunker as of yesterday it is very much still there is is most categorically an example of a battle field control/command centre which were located close to many airfields the purpose was to act as a centre for controlling the defence of the airfields should they be invaded by airborne troops or gliders .

Interesting.

I grew up on the Damson Lane side of Elmdon Park & we used the park regularly.  There was evidence of WWII defences still visible as I was growing up in that area, but I wasn't aware of the gun emplacements/control centres.  Makes sense though as the airport was an obvious target (as were the nearby gasworks).  There were certainly water filled bomb craters in the woods & farm fields & I remember some fields being very bumpy, having been ploughed into mounds to make them impossible to land on (so I was told).
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Old Birmingham / Re: Elmdon
« Last post by WILLIAMARNOLD on Today at 01:12:00 PM »
My post was incomplete as i had not mastered the way this forum works .I came across this forum accidentally when i googled Elmdon defences to see if i could find confirmation of my suspicion that the strange mounds in sheldon park at the west end of Elmdon Airport might have been Gun emplacements .As regards the bunker as of yesterday it is very much still there is is most categorically an example of a battle field control/command centre which were located close to many airfields the purpose was to act as a centre for controlling the defence of the airfields should they be invaded by airborne troops or gliders .
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Streets of the City
« Last post by frederick on Today at 10:59:26 AM »
We get plenty of good exercise down here when out walking as there are steep hills everywhere, which ever way you go it means climbing a hill.
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Streets of the City
« Last post by Phil on Today at 08:48:57 AM »
Roy


Of course the other option although just as strenuous was from the Merritts Brook up Merritts Hill to the Highlander, but we usually started there and walked downhill to the Merritts Brook pub.
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Streets of the City
« Last post by Edmund Fifield on Yesterday at 09:00:48 PM »
Is it only for 2 way bikes now Roy
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Old Birmingham / Re: Elmdon
« Last post by Phil on Yesterday at 08:41:37 PM »
Hi William


Elmdon Hall was demolished in 1956, and although I have no idea of what the bunker you mention was used for it has been mentioned on the forum before.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Elmdon
« Last post by Edmund Fifield on Yesterday at 05:16:24 PM »
Never sat on the grass atElmdon but stood on the railway station bridge and watched the planes take off in the 50sFirst flight was in an Elizabethan twin prop to Jersey in 1960
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