Trivia Investigation Team

This is the place for posts that don't fit into any other category.

Moderator: RichardW

User avatar
NewcastleFalcon
Posts: 13132
Joined: 25 Feb 2009, 11:40
x 1228

Trivia Investigation Team new task

Post by NewcastleFalcon »

Where was AA Box 121 formerly ie originally situated.....Exact location from Map if possible :?:
Bon chance!

Regards Neil

User avatar
NewcastleFalcon
Posts: 13132
Joined: 25 Feb 2009, 11:40
x 1228

Re: Trivia Investigation Team new task

Post by NewcastleFalcon »

NewcastleFalcon wrote:
19 Nov 2020, 18:56
Where was AA Box 121 formerly ie originally situated.....Exact location from Map if possible :?:
Bon chance!

Regards Neil
It will be somewhere not that far from here

Image

Regards Neil

User avatar
bobins
Donor 2020
Posts: 3484
Joined: 05 Jul 2012, 18:07
x 1024

Re: Trivia Investigation Team-new task

Post by bobins »

The road has been, not unsurprisingly, modernised since the AA box was there, but it was situated behind and to the left of the sheep :-D
Reighton AA box - Googlemaps, fair use.
Reighton AA box - Googlemaps, fair use.
Reighton AA box old - Oldmaps / OS, fair use
Reighton AA box old - Oldmaps / OS, fair use

User avatar
mickthemaverick
Donor 2019
Posts: 4461
Joined: 11 May 2019, 17:56
x 1269

Re: Trivia Investigation Team-new task

Post by mickthemaverick »

To confirm bobins location here is the map from the 1955 AA Members Handbook with Box 121 Ringed in yellow. :-D
Own work
Own work

User avatar
NewcastleFalcon
Posts: 13132
Joined: 25 Feb 2009, 11:40
x 1228

Re: Trivia Investigation Team-new task

Post by NewcastleFalcon »

bobins wrote:
19 Nov 2020, 20:19
Reighton AA box oldmaps.jpg
mickthemaverick wrote:
19 Nov 2020, 20:32
To confirm bobins location here is the map from the 1955 AA Members Handbook with Box 121 Ringed in yellow. :-D
aamap2.png

Yes top quality work chaps, the specific question has been nailed, but I wonder if there's more trivia to be found arising out of it.

The name on the box was Dotterell....after the Inn which has been there for some time.

..and I wonder why that particular box was chosen, whether its a reproduction or the original restored or as often happens a rebadged box which was never in the original location in the first place.

One way or another it has made its way to AA Central, bang at the entrance of the AA HQ in Basingstoke, as discovered and photographed by James
Image

Regards Neil

User avatar
NewcastleFalcon
Posts: 13132
Joined: 25 Feb 2009, 11:40
x 1228

Re: Trivia Investigation Team-new task

Post by NewcastleFalcon »

Well the Dotterel has a fish tank at least, if not the greatest range of beers on offer. Best I can do is a half-pint each of Theakstons Bitter!

Image

Regards Neil

User avatar
mickthemaverick
Donor 2019
Posts: 4461
Joined: 11 May 2019, 17:56
x 1269

Re: Trivia Investigation Team-new task

Post by mickthemaverick »

Nothing wrong with Theakston's but I can't cope with half pint glasses!!! My nose is too big :-D :-D

User avatar
NewcastleFalcon
Posts: 13132
Joined: 25 Feb 2009, 11:40
x 1228

Re: Trivia Investigation Team-new task

Post by NewcastleFalcon »

mickthemaverick wrote:
19 Nov 2020, 21:03
Nothing wrong with Theakston's but I can't cope with half pint glasses!!! My nose is too big :-D :-D
Just found out from Flickr that our nicely presented box 121 could be in fact yet another one of those occasions when another box is rebranded...so this information was attached to a photo of the Basingstoke HQ box.
The box was originally sited at Maentwrog in Wales. When it was decommissioned it was taken over by a museum in North Wales. When the museum closed the AA re-acquired the box and brought it to Basingstoke where it now stands at the entrance to the AA's head office, Fanum House.
Regards Neil

PS if that info is right then the box was
Box 354 Maentwrog, Tel. Maentwrog 224 Location: Maentwrog - Dolgellan A.487 / 100 yds. east of junction A.487 and A.496 / 18 miles to Dolgellan / 8 miles from Portmadoc

User avatar
mickthemaverick
Donor 2019
Posts: 4461
Joined: 11 May 2019, 17:56
x 1269

Re: Trivia Investigation Team-new task

Post by mickthemaverick »

I have just completed negotiations for the purchase of the AA handbook I got the map from, so I will post the Maentwrog map when it arrives!! :-D

User avatar
NewcastleFalcon
Posts: 13132
Joined: 25 Feb 2009, 11:40
x 1228

Re: Trivia Investigation Team-new task

Post by NewcastleFalcon »

I still wonder why in all the rebrands possible in all the world they chose for the box outside the worlwide HQ of the Automobile Association Box number 121 Dotterel from North Yorkshire.

REgards Neil

User avatar
mickthemaverick
Donor 2019
Posts: 4461
Joined: 11 May 2019, 17:56
x 1269

Re: Trivia Investigation Team-new task

Post by mickthemaverick »

It may be something as simple as they wanted an English place for the HQ and they had some in the box and picked the best condition, or maybe they drew it from a hat of all the options they had available? :-D

User avatar
NewcastleFalcon
Posts: 13132
Joined: 25 Feb 2009, 11:40
x 1228

Re: Trivia Investigation Team-new task

Post by NewcastleFalcon »

Random , or purposeful selection? that is the question.
Do you know which AA Box Hornby Selected for their AA Box Model :?: (currently £8.99)?
It is indeed a correct location, and a correct number.

Regards Neil
Last edited by NewcastleFalcon on 19 Nov 2020, 21:48, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
mickthemaverick
Donor 2019
Posts: 4461
Joined: 11 May 2019, 17:56
x 1269

Re: Trivia Investigation Team-new task

Post by mickthemaverick »

Lord of the Manor in Canterbury, Box 127? :)

User avatar
NewcastleFalcon
Posts: 13132
Joined: 25 Feb 2009, 11:40
x 1228

Re: Trivia Investigation Team-new task

Post by NewcastleFalcon »

mickthemaverick wrote:
19 Nov 2020, 21:47
Lord of the Manor in Canterbury, Box 127? :)
Canterbury - Ramsgate A.253 / Margate - Sandwich A.256 Tel: Thanet 53433

Yes I thought that the Lord of the Manor was just a made up bit but no...genuine and correct

Image

Regards Neil

User avatar
mickthemaverick
Donor 2019
Posts: 4461
Joined: 11 May 2019, 17:56
x 1269

Re: Trivia Investigation Team-new task

Post by mickthemaverick »

Following on from that theme

What was Hornby's No 298 Westwood :?: