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CitroJim wrote:
05 Nov 2020, 18:14
Not really a place to stop off at unless you want to walk around and take in the timewarp charm of the place...
So where was I?


No doubt while I type this Mick will come up with the goods so here's the first part Jim
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Ravenstone, Buckinghamshire
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Neil, you are correct :D Well done sir!
NewcastleFalcon wrote:
05 Nov 2020, 18:25
No doubt while I type this Mick will come up with the goods so here's the first part Jim
On the second part, there's a subtle clue in your quoted post :wink:

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Is this part of the second part..and does it still exist!
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‘The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway’ will be one of the railways
https://st1.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/ ... &width=737
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That's bang-on Neil :D Love the old signal box...

Only a tiny part of it exits now as a long siding to serve a depot near Banbury where lots of surplus rolling stock is stored...

Not far from Gaydon actually...

It joined the Northampton to Bedford Line at our mystery location :)

That line is now totally gone although a bit of it remained in use up until the late 70s to serve an ammunition dump and an even smaller bit of it until early this century to serve a factory making rail panels in Northampton...

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..and the first thing I noticed about that picture....the insulators on the telegraph pole! I think I need to revisit my rubber or Gutta Percha insulators and start a collection!

The Alnwick to Cornhill Railway still has this in situ and I took a photo of it on a trip out the other day.
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Am I close Jim?
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NewcastleFalcon wrote:
05 Nov 2020, 18:25

No doubt while I type this Mick will come up with the goods so here's the first part Jim
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Ravenstone, Buckinghamshire
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Not a hope!! :rofl2:

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Bit more which may prove interesting reading for Jim

The riddle of ********** wood

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Interesting read that Neil, well found! :)

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mickthemaverick wrote:
05 Nov 2020, 19:13
Am I close Jim?

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Spot-on Mick and that map even shows the old Ammo. Dump sidings :) Magical :D
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05 Nov 2020, 18:55
..and the first thing I noticed about that picture....the insulators on the telegraph pole! I think I need to revisit my rubber or Gutta Percha insulators and start a collection!

The Alnwick to Cornhill Railway still has this in situ and I took a photo of it on a trip out the other day.
That's a gorgeous signal box :D

There are lots of people who collect old railway insulators :) Some have massive collections!
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Bit more which may prove interesting reading for Jim

The riddle of ********** wood

Regards Neil
That's a great find Neil :D Enjoyed that immensely :D

There's also some long disused mysterious concrete blocks in Salcey Forest... I'll get some photos when I go for my run there tomorrow morning...

Also, back in the 70s near the ammo. dump at Yardley Chase a third (at the time) London Airport was proposed...

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Today's ride destination had both a horological and remembrance theme...

The clock tower in Emberton, near Olney...
Emberton Clock Tower
Emberton Clock Tower
It was built in 1846 as a memorial to the Rector's wife... The church is nearby...

After WW1 it became the village war memorial...

It has these two plaques on it...
A lot of money in 1972...
A lot of money in 1972...
Dedication to the Rector's wife?
Dedication to the Rector's wife?
And for VE day celebrations...
VE Day painted pebbles
VE Day painted pebbles
More information here...

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/ ... ry/1115944

Just down the road is Emberton Country Park.. Good for a scenic walk followed by a coffee and a cake in the cafe...

Also the base for several triathlon and duathlon events...

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Here's an admission. I have no idea what a bluetooth speaker is :-D

I shoved "Emberton" into one of the well known search engines, and of course they find up something to buy first up! as it turns out a product of famous old Marshall, a thing called the Emberton :-D

Looks like you can drop it in the bath too...

https://flv.isitetv.com/media/video/395 ... 9_3952.m4v

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Marshall is a local company to us Neil, they've been just down the road in Bletchley for ever...

Although they make all their guitar amps in Bletchley I very much doubt those speakers are made there...

I suspect a generic Chinese one badge engineered and styled in the house style...

I use a Bluetooth speaker frequently and had one for years, mine's called a 'Juicebar' :D

Very handy when some portable music is needed...

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CitroJim wrote:
06 Nov 2020, 08:15

There's also some long disused mysterious concrete blocks in Salcey Forest... I'll get some photos when I go for my run there tomorrow morning...
And here's one...
Salcey Forest Blocks...
Salcey Forest Blocks...
Taken during a particularly lovely 15 mile run today in the most gorgeous weather :)

I looked closely at this block and the surrounding area but it gives no clues as to what it was for.

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CitroJim wrote:
07 Nov 2020, 18:07
CitroJim wrote:
06 Nov 2020, 08:15

There's also some long disused mysterious concrete blocks in Salcey Forest... I'll get some photos when I go for my run there tomorrow morning...
And here's one...

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Taken during a particularly lovely 15 mile run today in the most gorgeous weather :)

I looked closely at this block and the surrounding area but it gives no clues as to what it was for.
They may be just "humble Anti-Tank Blocks" plenty of them on the Northumberland Coast, but
....They can be found inland as well as on the coast.

Anti-tank blocks are almost always associated with defences of the Second World War; whilst tank warfare was used in the First World War, it was a late war technology and therefore anti-tank defences were not considered as part of World War One defensive landscapes in Britain.

Anti-tank cubes are the most common type of these defences; usually 3ft x 3ft or 5ft x 5ft in dimension.
Regards Neil