raf wyton photographic factory | and there it was on page 24

Id recently purchased "Cold War: Building for Nuclear Confrontation 1946-1989" (by Cocroft and Thomas) and was very impressed by this hefty tome which was published by English Heritage. This heavy coffee table style book documented cold war architecture in a logical and detailed manner and I was soon compiling a potential list of new locations to visit.

Yet there was a pleasant surprise for Id already visited one of the sites pictured in the book. A lone picture of the RAF Wyton Photographic Factory graced the top of page 24. I had no idea of its importance; the first true urban exploration report posted on this site in 2002 was of a unique cold war relic. Back then, it was simply a building which had piqued my imagination after Id driven past it daily to work.

I immediately made plans to return. Its future was always bleak but somehow it had survived demolition. My first visit in 2002 was prompted by the destruction of its neighbouring buildings (and the pile of rubble can be seen in my photographs) so I assumed Id photographed the building just in time. However, five years later, it was still there, although a new road junction and access to the site had just been built, thus suggesting it was about to be demolished imminently again.

New photographs were taken during a lone exploration on the 18th October 2007. However I was unsatisfied with these, so I returned to the site again on the 14th March 2008 with Major Tom to complete my photographic record.

(Note: larger sized pictures are available. E-mail me if you require them.)

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