Being more than familiar with Yatesbury having dug there for the best part
of ten years I know exactly what Bob is describing and it is a sorry sight.
With regard to Bob's 'similar horror stories' request, I recently visited
Scutchamer's Knob/Cuckhamsley in Oxfordshire (documented shire meeting for
Berkshire/occupied by vikings in 1006 - see the remarkable Anglo-Saxon
Chronicle ref. etc etc.). The mound itself is horshoe-shaped as a reuslt of
various interventions over the years, but it is undergoing very severe
erosion at present as the 'bowl' inside the 'horseshoe' is being used by 4x4
drivers who drive into the centre of the mound and then up and over the
surviving remains. The site, which is of at least regional importance is
being wrecked and that's an understatement. Given the extraordinary lengths
(beauracracy etc) that the archaeological community have to go to to do even
minor works at sites such as Scutchamers isn't it about time time that a
rather more serious effort is made to protect such sites from those who have
rather less regard for archaeological remains.
Just back from Devon - hence the late reply to this strand.
Dr Andrew Reynolds
Senior Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology
King Alfred's College, Winchester
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Clarke" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: 02 April 2002 11:20 PM
Subject: Our Decaying Aviation Heritage
> I have just visited RAF Yatesbury, North Wilts, as part of research for a
> course I am putting together and couldn't believe my eyes. The English
> Heritage Thematic Listing Programme notes two First World War Hangars as
> grade II* prime examples of the type. This is complimented by the 'unique'
> aircraft repair shed also II*. Also listed are the mess and training
> designed by Cecil Jones, II*. The site is privately owned and the chap
> trying to repair the site is fighting a loosing battle. The roofs have
> stripped from the mess and training centre by poeple after the lead and
> hangar roofs are collapsing in due to the fact the planning applications
> listed buildings is too slow and obstructive. And as for the
> shed, well 50% of it has collapsed. What are we doing ? has anyone else
> similar horror stories ? The listing process is there to protect,
> we then see funding to ensure survival. Speake airport has seen
> refurbishment so it is possible.
> Bob Clarke
> University of Bath in Swindon