Twin Bases - RAF Bentwaters, RAF Woodbridge


RAF Bentwaters - Demolition of the Domestic Site


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March 2003

Domestic Main Entrance, BX was on the right. Straight ahead is the Chapel. New housing being built roughly to the left of the library.
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Domestic Main Entrance - really! The guard shack was on the left in the shadeed area with a small piece of grass. BX was on the right, beyond the big tree. The digger is in the BX car park. Right of centre in the background is the Chapel. New housing being built roughly to the left of the library. Most of the soil area on the left side was Brown Plaza.

 

December 2001

The car park between the Angel Theatre and the Bowling Center
This picture is taken from the road just in front of the car park between the Angel Theatre and the Bowling Center.  The hard standing and the pile of rubble on the right, is all that remains of the Bowling Center. You can just see the brick wall with the "Anglia Inn" sign on the centre-left of the picture but on the right of the roadway. The Anglia Inn buildings have now gone.

 

Row of dormitory blocks that stood on the road down from the Base Clinic.
Probably one of the last pictures to be taken of the row of dormitory blocks that stood on the road down from the Base Clinic, just before they were demolished.

 

The back of the Commissary. The sign stands outside the old Gym.
Not long for this world. The back of the Commissary on the right.
The sign stands outside the old Gym, not visible, on the left.

 

January 2002

Remains of demolished BOQ
Remains of demolished BOQ

 

Remains of demolished BOQ
Remains of demolished BOQ

 

All Ranks mess, roof being removed.
All Ranks mess, roof being removed.

 

Bowling Center reduced to a pile of rubble. Anglia Inn sign remains for a short time.
Bowling Center reduced to a pile of rubble. Anglia Inn sign remains for a short time.

 

Ladies Dorm is now a pile of rubble.
Ladies Dorm is now a pile of rubble.

 

Brown Plaza and the twin water towers.
Brown Plaza and the twin water towers.

 

Rear view of the Chapel.
Rear view of the Chapel.

 

Water towers and library.
Water towers and library. The towers have now gone. One fell on part of the library.

 

Temporary quarters are now permanent homes.
Temporary quarters are now permanent homes.

 

June 2002

Theatre will be razed.

Theatre will be razed. Rendlesham Project Services, which manages the former domestic site of RAF Bentwaters, has confirmed that the Angel Theatre, previously the base Cinema, will be demolished.

The theatre, built in the 1960s by Sadlers, the contractors, stands in the middle of where a new village centre is being developed.

 

20/24 June 2002

Back and side of the Commissary. Steel stanchions are all that remain of the BX. Auto Shop in background.
This image is a composite of two pictures. On the left of the picture is the back and side of the Commissary. The vertical steel stanchions are all that remain of the BX. The Auto Shop is just visible in the background. The tall cedar tree between the BX and Commissary might help you orient yourself.

 

Bus shelter in front of the now-demolished old Gym.
Bus shelter in front of the now-demolished old Gym.

 

Bus stop by old gym.
Bus stop by old gym.

 

Old gym, with building number 453.
Old gym, with building number 453.

 

Old gym, bush shelter by the large tree.
Old gym, bush shelter by the large tree.

 

Mostly British cars parked in front of the old Base Gym. Photographed in 1962 by Ron Burrell.
Those pictures of the old gym today look like the roof is about to collapse, without any help from the demolition team.  This very similar shot from 1962 was contributed by Ron Burrell.


 

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