Monument record 0662400000 - Field SE of Hill Copse (parkland NW of Halton House)

Summary

Possible site of World War I army camp visible as earthworks on aerial photograph

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Map

Type and Period (1)

  • ARMY CAMP (Modern - 1914 AD? to 1918 AD?)

Description

Probable WWI army camp showing as extensive complex of earthworks in a field to the SW of Hill Copse, in 1945 RAF AP. Later APs show entire complex to have been ploughed out (B1).
Area of slight, regular terraced earthworks seen in grass pasture. Almost certainly a former hutted barracks dating to the First World War. Seen on air photograph 1945 (B2).
Alfred Rothschild offered his estate as a training ground in 1914. 20,000 troops descended on Halton and lived in tents as they trained for the Western front. The weather forced the military authorities to erect more durable buildings and in 1916 the Royal Flying Corps moved into a semi-established camp (B3).

Sources (4)

  • ---SBC19354 Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1945. 1945 RAF vertical aerial photograph. SP88041070. Yes.
  • <1>SBC20671 Verbal communication: Ian Scrivener-Lindley (BCC). 2001. Ian Scrivener-Lindley November 2001 (information derived from 1945 RAF AP).
  • <2>SBC22266 Unpublished document: Wessex Archaeology. 2005. RAF Halton: Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment. p52.
  • <3>SBC22821 Digital archive: RAF Cultural and organizational heritage.

Location

Grid reference SP 8840 1070 (point) (Exact)
Civil Parish ASTON CLINTON, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

Finds (0)

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Record last edited

Mar 31 2021 1:22PM

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