Not a lot of information about this place, we passed it on the way to another explore and it enticed us in. An excellent little place.
Tropical reefs developed in warm, shallow seas during the Silurian Period, 440 – 410 million years ago. The fossilised remains of one of these reefs are preserved in limestone rocks in parts of England and Wales. This is Wenlock Limestone. Lea Quarry has been disused for little over 3 years now, but in its’ prime worked the local land for varying formations of Limestone. The Wenlock limestone occurs either as a series of thin limestones within shales or as thick massive beds; it is sometimes hard and crystalline and sometimes soft, earthy or concretionary. Bardon Aggregates took over the site and excavated the stone for commercial purposes, but also worked with local geologists in studying the land and collecting stone and fossil samples.
Construction of the airfield was completed by mid 1942, with a classic three concrete runway RAF “star” arrangement. The name ‘Whitchurch Heath’ being used until 1 June 1943, when RAF Tilstockwas adopted. Between 1 September 1942 and 21 January 1946, the airfield was used by No. 81 Operational Training Unit and No. 1665 Heavy Conversion Unit Royal Air Force for the training of pilots and crews in the operation of Whitley, Stirling and Halifax heavy bombers. During the 1950s, Auster AOP.6 ‘spotter’ aircraft of No. 663 Squadron RAF used the facilities of the otherwise non-operational airfield during weekends for liaison flights with Royal Artillery units. The airfield is still being used today at weekends for skydiving. Skydivers have used the airfield for Tandem Skydiving and running Parachute Jump Courses since 1966. Today all that is left of the old RAF base is the control tower, standing alone in a field next to the A49, 1 runway used by the parachute club and a jumbled mess of overgrown buildings in the wood. These building however do still have a few suprises left behind.
On August Bank Holiday 2008 Mr Foster killed his wife and 15-year-old daughter before setting fire to their home at Maesbrook, near Oswestry, and killing himself. The multi million £ mansion has been left derelict since the police finished with it. We understand that the images below may offend and upset some people, however after much deliberation we have decided to display them. We feel the history of this house is just as important to be shown as another other of our explores. Any serious concerns please email the webmaster at Webmaster@ukurbex.co.uk Photos By Chris Mitchell