Long Road inc. Spur Lane

Known as 40 Acre House,also Plantation Cottage.

This cottage was situated in the plantation between the water towers and Pigot Lane.

This was the cottage, in old accounts, that had a light in the window to guide travellers across the heath and stood until well after the 2nd. World War.

Look for the bed of snowdrops behind the water towers in the early spring to determine the location.

Barry Hardesty is seen here at the door in the 1950's. (Pic.Barry Hardesty).

The old gate to the cottage. April 2017

(Pic. R.Gooderham).

Entrance to the quarters of RAF Stoke Holy Cross in 1949.

One small building and water tanks are all that remain in 2011.

(Pic .Derek Bales).

See also RAF Stoke Holy Cross.

Service personnel, from R.A.F. Stoke Holy Cross, relax on a day out at Whitlingham, in 1945.

(Pic. Derek Bales).

L-R;- Cpl G.McRobert, Cpl D.Green, Cpl.P, Devlin. Off duty Carl King. On guard Cpl. Grahame Mc.Robert.

'On Parade' 1949. Taken at the main entrance, looking into the camp, from Long Road.

The occasion was the visit by Sir John Slessor carrying out an AOC (Air Officer Commanding) Inspection.

Frederick Elliott is nearest the camera on the left. RAF Station Adjutant in middle.

The guardhouse to the right side of the picture , the motor transport building and the billets to the left.

(Pic. copyright F.Elliott).

Frederick Elliott, right, from Birmingham, seen with two RAF regular servicemen (Radar Engineers) whom he worked with in 1949 in the Long Road Camp. Names not known but the chap on the left was a brilliant footballer and the other a brilliant cricketer.

(Pic. copyright F. Elliott).

Fred Elliott, right, with Titch Livingston (cricket bat) and the camp medic with the mug.

Titch Livingston in the middle, Fred Elliott on left and Wilf Manning on the right. 'Scottie', a real character, is climbing the tree.(pic's Copyright F. Elliott).

Frederick Elliott, with two RAF drivers 1949. (Pic. copyright F. Elliott).

All that remains of the camp May 2013. (Pic. Richard Gooderham).The entrance May 2013. Right

Inside the camp before demolition c. 1954 (Pic.Derek Bales). t

The first and second entrances to the camp site Feb 2015. (Pic. R.Gooderham).

John Hindle pointing out the names on a tree near the camp.

He and Victor Clarke had carved their names during the spring of 1940.

(Pic. John Hindle).

This picture 2016.

( Pic. Mike Betts).

The development progresses into 40 Acre Plantation on the left down Long Road.

Panoramic view looking north. (Pic. R.Gooderham.)

Below looking west.

Below looking east.

The groundworks begin in November 2016.

The new entrance onto Long Road

Panoramic view of site April 2017. (Pic.'s R.Gooderham)

July 2017.

(Pic.'s R.Gooderham)

November 2017.

Long Road at the junction with Spur Lane in 1920. Another of the Chapman's Series postcards.

Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Harper (Postman) and Mr. Chapman at the gate. (pic. Eric Noble).

The scene in January 2012. (Pic.Richard Gooderham).

'Woodcot', but shown as a lodge to Framingham Earl Hall on the 1905 map.

Long Road 1973.

Long Road 1982. (pic.'s John Henson).

Long Road 1987 after the hurricane.

Spur Lane in 1955. (Pic. David Cordy).

Spur Lane,as it was in 1982. (Pic.John Henson).

Spur Lane,off Long Road,on the 18th.October 1987.

The aftermath of the hurricane which left the Forty Acre plantation devastated.

Suddenly there was light! This area used to be a "black tunnel", until the trees were flattened.


Rejuvenated by November 2016.

Alstons Meadow - at the bottom of Long Road - a unique building, but not as old as you might think.

(Pic.Jane Goodyear).

Newspaper report of the building of Alstons Meadow dated September 12th.1938. (Pic.E.D.P.).

Picture's of construction process. (Pic.E.D.P.).

The completed house as it stands today (2009). This view taken from Long Road.(Pic.Richard Gooderham).

This view taken from Hall Road. (Pic's. Richard Gooderham).

The scene taken from the same spot April 2017.

Progress ?? The development of the site commences in 2010 with the demolition of the house pending.

(Pic. Jane Goodyear).

Surrounded , the scene in June 2011. (Pic. R.Gooderham).

GONE . January 2012 and the house has been demolished.(Pic. R.Gooderham ).

Now called Summer Close.