The Kent Countryside HFF!


Hands and Molecules

22 Mar 2020 50 40 276
A pair of hands, 8 feet tall, emerging from the ground and cradling a molecule is located on the Westcliff Promenade, Ramsgate, Kent, UK. The sculpture by David Barnes was funded by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and installed by Thanet District Council; this work celebrates the discovery, development and manufacture of innovative medicines in East Kent. It was unveiled in June 2000 to mark the opening of the National Cycle Network (Route 15) in Thanet, Kent. Bronze casting by Livingstone Art Founders (Tonbridge) I submitted a photo of this complete with arms 18 months ago but not from this angle against a blue sky. Putting this in HFF group as we can't upload at the moment (Dec 11 2020) And of course Pfizer are in the news at the moment with development of a Covid 19 vaccine, they have a small facility just down the road at Sandwich, the vaccine is coming from Belgium. Best viewed full screen Please!! HFF Everyone!! MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED

The Kent Countryside HFF!

14 Apr 2019 28 26 183
The little path leads across fields as it is a public right of way, must go back when the weather is brighter we werent dressed for the mud we could see!!! HFF everybody!! MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED

A Tree & Fence HFF!!

21 Apr 2019 23 17 291
And some sheep trying to get cool, perhaps they should take their jumpers off. HFF !! Everyone! Bishopsbourne Kent. (no maps) MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED

Fields & trees HFF!!

31 Mar 2019 21 17 136
It looked like rain but it did hold off in the countryside outside Bekesbourne Kent, HFF Everybody! MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED

Barham Kent HFF!

20 Sep 2015 24 17 145
Famous people that have lived (or live) in Barham, David Starkey (1945–), historian and TV personality, Field Marshal Horatio Kitchener 1st Earl Kitchener, diplomat, and statesman, lived the last few years of his life at Broome Park. His name appears on the war memorial in the porch of the parish church. Reginald Fitz Urse- Knight to Henry II of England and one of four assassins of Archbishop Thomas Beckett in Canterbury Cathedral. The parish church of St. John the Baptist sits on the eastern hillside, with an impressive green copper spire. Built in the 14th century, it has been partially remodelled inside to make it more appropriate for modern worship, a south aisle was added in the 15th Century, and a north porch and other modifications completed by the Victorians. HFF!! TO ALL!! MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED

The road to??? HFF!!!

24 Feb 2019 12 17 151
A Silver birch, a lampost, some fences, and a song that has nothing to do with the picture except I like it !! HFF!! everybody!! Taken outside Ash Kent. Thanks for comments and visits, Tina says the rest!

RAF Manston (the old control tower)HFF!

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A History of RAF Manston. World War one At the outset of the First World War, the Isle of Thanet was equipped with a small and precarious landing strip for aircraft at St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate, on top of the chalk cliffs, at the foot of which was a promenade which had been used for seaplane operations. The landing grounds atop the cliff soon became the scene of several accidents, with at least one plane seen to fail to stop before the end of the cliffs and tumble into the sea, which for the fortunate pilot had been on its inward tide. In the winter of 1915-1916 these early aircraft first began to use the open farmlands at Manston as a site for emergency landings. Thus was soon established the Admiralty Aerodrome at Manston, by the close of 1916 there were already two distinct units stationed at Manston, the Operational War Flight Command and the Handley Page Training School. Its location near the Kent coast gave Manston some advantages over the other previously established aerodromes and regular additions in men and machinery were soon made, By 1917 the Royal Flying Corps was well established and taking an active part in the defence of England. The Government recommended the creation of a separate Air Ministry. The RAF was officially formed on 1 April 1918. World war two On 10 September 1939, No. 3 Squadron flew in equipped with Hawker Hurricanes and Manston was put under the command of No. 11 Group Fighter Command. During an eventful Battle of Britain, Manston was heavily bombed; at its height (August 1940) diary entries recorded a steady stream of damage to aircraft and buildings. The station was also littered with unexploded bombs. This caused many staff to move to nearby woods for at least a week. Others were dispersed to surrounding housing. Barnes Wallis used the base to test his bouncing bomb on the coast at nearby Reculver prior to the Dambusters raid. A prototype is on public display at the Spitfire & Hurricane Museum. Hawker Typhoon attack aircraft were based there later in the war, and also the first Meteor jet squadron of the RAF. It was used as a departure point for airborne forces in Operation Market Garden. It was one of the few airfields installed with the Fog, Intensive, Dispersal Of (FIDO) system designed to remove fog from airfields by burning it off with petrol. The hilltop site was chosen as it was usually fog-free and had no approach obstructions. Being close to the front line, the airfield became something of a magnet for badly damaged aircraft that had suffered from ground fire, collisions, or air attack but retained a degree of airworthiness. The museums on site display some startling aerial views dating from this era and the post-war years. After the war, the runway was reconfigured, becoming 200 feet wide with a full-length parallel taxiway, both within the original paved width. USAF use During the Cold War of the 1950s the United States Air Force used RAF Manston as a Strategic Air Command base for its bomber, fighter, and fighter-bomber units. The RAF control tower overlooked a bizarre hilltop runway, which was an extraordinary 750 feet (230 m) wide and 9,000 feet (2,700 m) long. The 7th Air Division expanded Manston by building concrete bunkers suitable for nuclear weapons and upgrading the support facilities for long-term use By the summer of 1953, the 7th Air Division began a series of temporary deployments of B-47 and B-36 wings from the United States to the United Kingdom. These deployments generally involved about 45 aircraft, together with about 20 KC-97 Stratofreighters which were maintained at the English bases for 90 days. At the end of the Temporary Duty, they were relieved by another SAC wing that was generally stationed at a different airfield. These deployments continued until 1955 when SAC shifted its rotational deployments to RAF Fairford and Manston was turned over to the United States Air Forces in Europe In July 1951 SAC deployed the 12th Fighter-Escort Wing to Manston to provide fighter escort for its rotational bombardment wings. The 12th, however, only remained at Manston until 30 November when it was replaced by the 123rd Fighter-Bomber Wing, with the 12th being transferred to Japan for combat duty during the Korean War. The 123rd was an umbrella wing that was formed from several Air National Guard squadrons activated for federal service during the Korean War. This wing was activated at Manston with three ANG fighter squadrons: The 123rd utilized the F-84E "Thunderjets" left behind by the 12th and continued the same mission of fighter escort of SAC's bombers. In July 1952 the Air National Guard squadrons were returned to State control, and USAFE assumed the fighter escort role. In its place, the 406th Fighter-Bomber Wing was activated at Manston. Initially, the 406th utilized the existing F-84Es, however in August 1953, the F-86F "Sabre" began to arrive to replace them. On 15 May 1958 the 406th was inactivated, with its three air defence squadrons being assigned to continental Europe under the 86th Air Division (Defence) at Ramstein Air Base West Germany. After the transfer of the USAFE interceptors at Manston the base was returned to the RAF control. Return to RAF use With the USAF's withdrawal from Manston, the airfield became a joint civilian and RAF airport from 1960 and was thence employed for occasional package tour and cargo flights, alongside its continuing role as an RAF base. The Air Cadets used the northern side of the airfield as a gliding site, and 1 Air Experience Flight flying De Havilland Chipmunks was also based there. Thanks to its long runway, Manston was designated as one of the UK's MEDAs (Military Emergency Diversion Airfields) for emergency military and civilian landings. Others included RAF Greenham Common, RAF Aldergrove and RAF Machrihanish. For a number of years, the base operated as a Master Diversion Airfield, open 24 hours every day. Manston, uniquely in the UK, also had a 'foam carpet' crash landing system, where two tractors would pull tankers laying a metre thick layer of foam over a strip of runway, for aircraft with landing gear problems. Search and rescue base RAF Manston was home to a helicopter search and rescue (SAR) flight from No. 22 Squadron RAF from 1961, operating Westland Whirlwind aircraft. The flight was withdrawn in 1969, but the outcry led to the RAF contracting Bristow Helicopters from 1971 to 1974 to provide a continued service (also using MK3 Whirlwinds). In 1972, the Bristow crew was awarded the "Wreck Shield" for "Most Meritorious Rescue in 1972" by the Department of Trade and Industry. In 1974, the RAF SAR teams returned, with No. 72 Squadron RAF operating two Westland Wessex HC2 aircraft to replace the Bristow cover. The flight was transferred back to No. 22 Squadron in June 1976. In 1988 No. 202 Squadron RAF moved to Manston with their Sea King HAR.3, with the Wessex aircraft moving to RAF Coltishall. The Sea Kings remained at Manston until July 1994, when SAR activity at the base was halted, and SAR cover for the channel relocated to RAF Wattisham. Civilian use For some years two commercial airlines operated out of Manston, Invicta Airways and Air Ferry. Many thousands of holiday passengers started their journeys from Manston. From 1989 Manston became styled as Kent International Airport, and a new terminal was officially opened that year by the Duchess of York. Closure In 1996, Manston's satellite station RAF Ash, was closed, and in 1999, it was decided to close the RAF Manston base. The 'airside' portion of the base was signed over to the commercial operator of Kent International Airport. The MoD decided to keep the central fire training school (CTE) facility open, and almost the entirety of the 'domestic' side of the base became FSCTE Manston (Fire Service Central Training Establishment). In 2007 the Army took over responsibility for fire fighting across the armed services (except the Royal Navy) and the school became the Defence Fire Training and Development Centre (DFTDC). In January 2017 it was announced that the 3rd Battalion, the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment would be based at Manston. The old control tower still exists as do the two museums the Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial building and Manston History Museum. There are currently 3 options on the table for the use of RAF Manston, An American company have plans to turn it into an air freight hub, the current owners want to develop the site with a lot of housing and the Government want to turn it into a lorry park! I wonder who will win??? My Thanks to various websites & books for research material. My Thanks to all who read this long history but I thought it needed telling.

Bishopsbourne, Kent, HFF!!!

02 Aug 2015 6 5 100
Bishopsbourne is a mostly rural and wooded village in Kent, England. It has two short developed sections of streets at the foot of the Nailbourne valley 4 miles south-east of Canterbury and centred 9 miles from Dover. In 1844 an excavation at Bourne Park in the civil parish (and always in the village's boundaries) revealed Iron Age remains. Mozart visited Bourne Park House in 1765. 10 buildings in the village are listed in the National Heritage List for England and a wall. On 30 August 1940, a Spitfire piloted by Sgt J I Johnson was shot down and crashed near Bishopsbourne. This Picture was taken from St Mary’s Churchyard An early HFF! or a late one!!! MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED


22 Nov 2018 12 15 167
Saw this just around the corner although the sea is about 15 mins walk away this is in a built up area and I suppose someone is making a point!!! HFF EVERYBODY!!! MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED

A Fence for Friday

21 Oct 2018 12 18 173
Woodnesborough Kent A fence round a paddock the horses were in the shade! The white building on the horizon was all Pfizers at Sandwich, but is now a mixture of science park and Pfizer. HFF!! Everybody!!

Western undercliff Ramsgate HFF!

05 Oct 2018 4 8 208
Or to be precise The Royal Harbour Approach Road taken from the top of the Westcliff. Loads of fences!! Best viewed Large!! HFF Everyone!!! My thanks to all who visit and comment it is appreciated

The Bowling season is over (allegedly) HFF!!!

05 Oct 2018 12 15 190
I know it is over but it looks like someone has had a sneaky practice as there is a Jack left on the green, the top of the pavillion is foreground, then a fence and to the left of that can be seen the edge of Ramsgates international Croquet club and over the hedge the blue of the North sea can be seen. It is often grey!! HFF Everybody !!! MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED


02 Sep 2018 9 13 150
Fields outside Adisham Kent, and a well worn fence! HFF!!! Everyone. MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED


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Sweet Peas & Fence!

08 Jul 2018 12 14 233
Some sweet peas I spotted growing through a fence. HFF & H.A.N.W.E. everybody! MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED

Eythorne nr Dover,Kent

06 May 2018 9 11 142
A view of the countryside just outside the village of Eythorne which ia a few miles from Dover in Kent MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED.

Bleak House Broadstairs (from the Jetty)

06 Jan 2019 10 12 141
Bleak House is a large house on the cliff overlooking the North Foreland and Viking Bay in Broadstairs, Kent. It was built around 1801 and then substantially extended, doubling in size, in 1901. The house was the site of the North Cliff Battery and was used as a coastal station for observing maritime activity. Bleak House was originally called Fort House and was the residence of a captain of one of the two coastal forts guarding Broadstairs. Charles Dickens spent summer holidays at Fort House in the 1850s and 1860s and it was there in that "airy nest" above the harbour that he wrote perhaps his most meritous work, David Copperfield. Fort House was dubbed Bleak House in the early part of the 20th Century. Somebody asserted that it was the Bleak House referred to in Dickens' 1853 novel and the name stuck. There has been much dispute over the truth of the claim. Some people believe that the house from which Dickens took his inspiration is far distant from Broadstairs. What can be certain is that the house held a special attraction for Dickens, and was the residence he "most desired" in his most favourite of watering places, Broadstairs. The white wooden building is over 300 years old is the old lifeboat house and is now a museum and as can be seen in this picture is leaning seaward! even the phone box is pretty old! The Tartar Frigate inn is flint built and was a haunt of smugglers and it is now a restaurant. and it was a grey mizzly day when I took this picture! And an early HFF!! MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED

The White Cliffs of Ramsgate.

19 Apr 2019 26 31 263
Taken from the western undercliff, at the top behind the first clump of trees is a small park and play area. The tide is in and going into pegwell bay, you can just see the line of flint going round the cliff, in the misty distance is the Pegwell nature reserve. HFF everone! MY THANKS TO ALL WHO VISIT AND COMMENT IT IS APPRECIATED

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