See previous comments. This shows Brixworth Road which crosses the reservoir.
This is a reservoir built in 1956 to supply the town of Northampton which is about six miles to the south. I came across it quite by accident travelling from Sywell Aerodrome and setting the SatNav for my daughter's home in Rugby. The water is the third-largest in the UK with a surface area of 2.85 miles. It is operated by Anglia Water and is near the village of Pitsford. The northern half of the reservoir is designated as a nature reserve but Pitsford Water is also used for sailing, birdwatching and fishing which is limited to Pike/Predator fishing and fly fishing for brown and rainbow trout. There is a seven mile waterside track for walking or cycling around the main part of the reservoir including a pathway across its dam. Very impressive.
A shot of Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire showing the control tower. The display team "The Blades", regulars at air-shows, are based here.
This aircraft flew with 257 Squadron at RAF Wattisham but had a short service life in common with the other F.2s produced. She has spent much of her life as an instructional or display airframe as a result spending the last twenty years or so on display at the former RAF Waterbeach,(Waterbeach Barracks),in memory of the long-gone Hunter Squadrons of the 1950s which operated from that base. By 2012 she was beginning to look a little faded and with the Army vacating the barracks her time on display was at an end. She found a new home at Sywell Aviation Museum, their first complete airframe, and moved there 2nd August 2012. She stands outside their small museum which is where I photographed her.
Every one of the military personnel who has served in conflict since World War II and who has since died is remembered here with the name engraved on these walls, listed in the year they passed on.
Definitely one of my favourite memorials, this one, with the aircraft carrier.
The Chindits were a British India "Special Force" that served in Burma and India in 1943-1944 during the Burma campaign in WWII. They were formed to put into place the newly developed guerilla warfare tactic of long-penetration. The Chindits were trained to operate deep behind Japanese lines and their operations were marked by prolonged marches through extremely difficult terrain by underfed troops weakened by diseases such as malaria and dysentery. A continuing controversy over the force has centred on its extremely high casualty rate and the debatable military value of its achievements. But of course we are very good in this country at "dumbing-down" military achievements long after the event. "The Dambusters raid achieved very little", "The bombing of Dresden served no purpose", "Why didn't we let the Argies keep the Falklands", "We had no need to sink the 'General Belgrano' the Argy cruiser".!!! Blah blah blah. Well we did and its done!!!
This is the less well-known "other" railway built by forced labour by POWs across Sumatra 215km long through the tropical forest. Nearly ten thousand native labourers and seven hundred white, mainly Dutch POWs died during the project. This is a section of that railway at the Arboretum. Of course because of the film "The Bridge over the River Kwai" it is the Burma Railway which is more well-known.
The Burma Railway also known as the "Death Railway" was immortalised in the film "The Bridge over the River Kwai". It is a 258 miles (415km) railway between Bangkok, Thailand and Rangoon, Burma built by the Japanese using forced labour. 180,000 Asian labourers, 60,000 Allied prisoners of war worked on the railway and as a result 90,000 Asian labourers and 12,399 Allied prisoners died as a result of the "project". The Japanese had refused to sign up for the Geneva convention and of course then used prisoners for slave labour. Plenty has been said about the war in the Far East but my own opinion is that the two atomic bombs should have been dropped sooner and probably followed up by a few more. Just my opinion..................!
The ATS is the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the Women's branch of the British Army during the Second World War and my mother and her sister Phyll both joined up and were stationed in London during the Blitz. Crikey, mum would've been proud of this memorial had she seen it!!! Gawd bless her! RIP Mum.