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Where is this?
« on: 17 August, 2014, 08:26:06 PM »
Brownie points for the name of the village + a gold star if you can explain why it featured in the news during the cold war.
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Re: Where is this?
« Reply #1 on: 17 August, 2014, 08:59:39 PM »
Is it Cilieni?

Cilieni was designed as a mock village during the Cold War in the early 1980s to enable soldiers to prepare for battle with the Soviets.
In Wales but it's not to be found on any map.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/all-about/school%20ratings

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Re: Where is this?
« Reply #2 on: 17 August, 2014, 11:10:40 PM »
Is it Cilieni?

Cilieni was designed as a mock village during the Cold War in the early 1980s to enable soldiers to prepare for battle with the Soviets.
In Wales but it's not to be found on any map.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/all-about/school%20ratings

Good guess - but not correct. Far from being a mock-up the church tower in the picture is a genuine 15 th century artifact.
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Re: Where is this?
« Reply #3 on: 18 August, 2014, 10:12:43 AM »
I was going to plump for Imber, but I'll plump off as that church isn't of that date.

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Re: Where is this?
« Reply #4 on: 18 August, 2014, 11:51:55 AM »
I was going to plump for Imber, but I'll plump off as that church isn't of that date.


I lost the top of my left thumb in an accident in Imber village! (A lot of people didnt know that!)  :D  But alas that is irrelevant.

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Re: Where is this?
« Reply #5 on: 18 August, 2014, 12:18:47 PM »
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Well, Ant, that's a Valkyrie is it not?


But that doesn't help me find the village! Unless of course the village is somewhere near an RAF Valkyrie airbase somewhere in England.

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Re: Where is this?
« Reply #6 on: 18 August, 2014, 12:27:31 PM »
I'll make a stab at one of these six villages in Norfolk...Buckenham Tofts, Langford, Stanford, Sturston, Tottington and West Tofts?

They are all in the Army's Stanford Training Area. And in your pic the fields do look as flat as Norfolk.

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Re: Where is this?
« Reply #7 on: 18 August, 2014, 12:35:44 PM »
Hold on! On second thoughts I am sure it is Eastmere Village in Norfolk...just look at that church tower and compare it to the one in your idyllic sheep-filled pic.



Eastmere Village it has to be. St Mary's church. It's near West Tofts in Norfolk.

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Re: Where is this?
« Reply #8 on: 18 August, 2014, 12:40:46 PM »
No, I take it all back...it's not Eastmere Village. The church in your shot doesn't have all the little fiddly bits on the top of the church in my last post.

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Re: Where is this?
« Reply #9 on: 18 August, 2014, 12:59:24 PM »

Well, Ant, that's a Valkyrie is it not?[/b]

But that doesn't help me find the village! Unless of course the village is somewhere near an RAF Valkyrie airbase somewhere in England.

Am I getting warmer?

Its not like any Valkyrie I can see? Sorry. And it is not Norfolk.

                                                                                   
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Re: Where is this?
« Reply #10 on: 18 August, 2014, 01:32:03 PM »
Clue #2 Its an F111.
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Re: Where is this?
« Reply #11 on: 18 August, 2014, 03:18:20 PM »
Is it St Peter's Church in Duxford?

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Re: Where is this?
« Reply #12 on: 18 August, 2014, 03:53:18 PM »
I think Siasl might be on to something with Duxford...here's a post I was about to send when Siasl nipped in with his. Wasn't Duxford an airbase used by the USAF? Possibly for their F111's? Or there's an RAF air museum at Duxford...maybe they have an F111 on display? I'm clutching at straws. Here's my post anyway...

So, it's an American F111...in which case it probably narrows things down to those air bases in which the USAF were involved in Britain around the time of the Cold War.

There were only four of those bases as far as I know...and none of them in Norfolk. Those four USAF air bases were...

RAF Upper Heyford in Oxfordshire

RAF Brize Norton also in Oxfordshire

RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire

RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire.

Now, this is where it gets interesting. I don't know whether the USAF F111 was stationed at only one, some or all of those bases in the Home Counties.

If anyone can find out we'd be a bit closer to zeroing in on Ant's non-existent blasted village. Any volunteers?

I tried Sherlock Holmsing down other avenues...

There are apparently over 4,250 large-ish villages in Britain (and there are literally countless others that aren't logged because they have a population under 100).

Do you really expect us to be able to take a quick look at a snapshot of half a dozen happy sheep munching grass near a church and guess what village it is?

Ant, you must have a massive faith in IA-ers as tireless sleuth-busters...either that or you are the biggest sadist this side of Christendom. ;)

Even that fine Norman-looking church in your pic isn't much of a clue
...there are over 16,000 Church of England church buildings in Britain and 9,000 of those are in rural areas.

So I thought, this church in your picture looks medieval, probably Norman...but practically every village in the Home Counties has a Norman or Gothic church...so that's no help either.

Time for another well-honed clue to put us out of our misery?





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Re: Where is this?
« Reply #13 on: 18 August, 2014, 04:41:59 PM »
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Re: Where is this?
« Reply #14 on: 18 August, 2014, 04:52:01 PM »
Well, according to a quick google, The Chure is in the village of Deddington in Oxfordshire...

But, but, but! The Chure (which means an alley or, some say, is an old word for an open sewer) is not unique to Deddington!

A little light digging unearthed this...

"In fact, Deddington is not alone in having a tchure - I've tracked down several others, including ones in the villages of Charlton-on-Otmoor, Steeple Aston, Upper Heyford and Souldern."

http://englisheyeimages.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/tchure-does-it-mean-sewer-or-alley-make.html

Upper Heyford, eh?

Upper Heyford is one of the F111 air bases...and Upper Heyford was a training base...so I'd say your mystery village is possibly on the Upper Heyford air base.

QED?
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