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Name:RAF WOODHALL SPA
HER Number:43397
Type of record:Monument

Summary

RAF WOODHALL SPA

Grid Reference:TF 212 615
Map Sheet:TF26SW
Parish:KIRKSTEAD, EAST LINDSEY, LINCOLNSHIRE
TATTERSHALL THORPE, EAST LINDSEY, LINCOLNSHIRE

Full description

PRN 43397
AIRFIELD OPENED FEB 1942 , CLOSED C.1965 . {2} 1 OR 2 OF THE PICKETT - HAMILTON FORTS (A TYPE OF PILL BOX) SURVIVE. {1}
DURING THE MONITORING OF TOPSOIL STRIPPING AT TATTERSHALL QUARRY FEATURES RELATED TO THE SECOND WORLD WAR AIRFIELD WERE IDENTIFIED. THESE INCLUDED DRAINS, CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS AND SHALLOW PITS. THESE PITS WERE PROBABLY DESIGNED TO HOLD FLAMMABLE MATERIAL WHICH WOULD BE IGNITED TO DEFINE PART OF THE AIRFIELD IN POOR VISIBILITY. {3}{4}
A WATCHING BRIEF OF TOPSOIL STRIPPING OF PHASE 2-3 OF THE TATTERSHALL QUARRY EXTENSION UNCOVERED EVIDENCE OF EXTENSIVE DRAINAGE PROGRAMMES ASSOCIATED WITH THE AIRBASE. {5}{6}
A watching brief carried out during topsoil stripping on Tattershall Thorpe quarry extension (phases 3-5) revealed further evidence of extensive drainage programmes associated with agricultural use of the land and the airbase. {7}{8}
A watching brief carried out during topsoil removal on Tattershall Thorpe quarry extension phases 4, 5 and 7 revealed evidence of drainage ditches and pits associated with airfield fencing or apparatus.{9}{10}
During trial trenching/monitoring of topsoil stripping, several brick outbuildings and walls associated with the airfield were recorded, along with drainage ditches.{11}{12}
Various magnetic anomalies related to Second World War features associated with the airfield were noted during a geophysical survey of land at North Road Farm (TF 2230 6020). {13}
Five modern features were observed during trial trenching associated with a quarry extension to the south-east (TF 2230 6020). These features contained a high percentage of building material, including asbestos, and are probably remnants of demolished Second World War structures associated with the airfield. {14}{15}


<1> Dr Mike Osborne, 1999, Defence of Britain Gazetteer, - (Unpublished Document). SLI4545.

<2> T.N. Hancock, 1978, Bomber County, - (Bibliographic Reference). SLI1060.

<3> Lindsey Archaeological Services, 1996, Land at New Park Farm, Tattershall Thorpe: Archaeological Monitoring of Topsoil Stripping, Phase 1b of the Tattershall Thorpe Quarry Extension, TQA96 (Report). SLI5197.

<4> Lindsey Archaeological Services, 1996, Land at New Park Farm, Tattershall Thorpe: Archaeological Monitoring of Topsoil Stripping, Phase 1b of the Tattershall Thorpe Quarry Extension, LCNCC 154.96 (Archive). SLI1586.

<5> Lindsey Archaeological Services, 1997, Land at New Park Farm, Tattershall Thorpe: Archaeological Monitoring of Topsoil Stripping Phase 2-3 of the Tattershall Thorpe Quarry Extension, TQB97 (Report). SLI5196.

<6> Lindsey Archaeological Services, 1997, Land at New Park Farm, Tattershall Thorpe: Archaeological Monitoring of Topsoil Stripping Phase 2-3 of the Tattershall Thorpe Quarry Extension, LCNCC 205.97 (Archive). SLI1585.

<7> Lindsey Archaeological Services, Mar 2000, Tattershall Thorpe Quarry Extension, Topsoil Removal, Phases 3-5, TQC99 (Report). SLI5835.

<8> Lindsey Archaeological Services, 1999, Tattershall Thorpe Quarry Extension, Topsoil Removal, Phases 3-5, LCNCC 72.99 (Archive). SLI5836.

<9> Lindsey Archaeological Services, Feb 2001, Tattershall Thorpe quarry extension-topsoil removal phases 4, 5 and 7, TQD00 (Report). SLI6488.

<10> Lindsey Archaeological Services, Feb 2001, Tattershall Thorpe quarry extension-topsoil removal phases 4, 5 and 7, LCNCC 2001.46 (Archive). SLI6489.

<11> Lindsey Archaeological Services, July 2001, Tattershall Thorpe Quarry Extension, Phase 6, TQE01 (Report). SLI7024.

<12> Lindsey Archaeological Services, July 2001, Tattershall Thorpe Quarry Extension, Phase 6, LCNCC 2001.177 (Archive). SLI7025.

<13> Pre-Construct Geophysics, 2005, Proposed Quarry Extension Site, Tattershall Thorpe, - (Report). SLI10308.

<14> Lindsey Archaeological Services, 2005, North Road Farm, Tattershall Thorpe: Archaeological Evaluation, TNRF05 (Report). SLI10802.

<15> Lindsey Archaeological Services, 2005, North Road Farm, Tattershall Thorpe: Archaeological Evaluation, LCNCC 2005.238 (Archive). SLI10803.

Monument Types

  • AIRFIELD (Modern - 1942 AD to 1965 AD)
  • BUILDING (Modern - 1942 AD to 1965 AD)
  • DRAINAGE DITCH (Modern - 1942 AD to 1965 AD)
  • PILLBOX (Modern - 1942 AD to 1965 AD)
  • PIT (Modern - 1942 AD to 1965 AD)
  • STRUCTURE (Modern - 1942 AD to 1965 AD)
  • WALL (Modern - 1942 AD to 1965 AD)

Associated Events

  • Tattershall Thorpe quarry, Phases 3-5
  • Tattershall Thorpe quarry extension
  • Tattershall Thorpe Quarry Extension Phase 6
  • Magnetometry survey of proposed quarry extension, Tattershall Thorpe
  • Trial trenching at land north of North Road Farm, Tattershall Thorpe
  • Watching brief at New Park Farm, Tattershall Thorpe quarry extension phase 1b
  • Watching brief at New Park Farm, Tattershall Thorpe quarry extension phase 2-3

Sources and further reading

<1>Unpublished Document: Dr Mike Osborne. 1999. Defence of Britain Gazetteer. -.
<2>Bibliographic Reference: T.N. Hancock. 1978. Bomber County. -.
<3>Report: Lindsey Archaeological Services. 1996. Land at New Park Farm, Tattershall Thorpe: Archaeological Monitoring of Topsoil Stripping, Phase 1b of the Tattershall Thorpe Quarry Extension. TQA96.
<4>Archive: Lindsey Archaeological Services. 1996. Land at New Park Farm, Tattershall Thorpe: Archaeological Monitoring of Topsoil Stripping, Phase 1b of the Tattershall Thorpe Quarry Extension. LCNCC 154.96.
<5>Report: Lindsey Archaeological Services. 1997. Land at New Park Farm, Tattershall Thorpe: Archaeological Monitoring of Topsoil Stripping Phase 2-3 of the Tattershall Thorpe Quarry Extension. TQB97.
<6>Archive: Lindsey Archaeological Services. 1997. Land at New Park Farm, Tattershall Thorpe: Archaeological Monitoring of Topsoil Stripping Phase 2-3 of the Tattershall Thorpe Quarry Extension. LCNCC 205.97.
<7>Report: Lindsey Archaeological Services. Mar 2000. Tattershall Thorpe Quarry Extension, Topsoil Removal, Phases 3-5. TQC99.
<8>Archive: Lindsey Archaeological Services. 1999. Tattershall Thorpe Quarry Extension, Topsoil Removal, Phases 3-5. LCNCC 72.99.
<9>Report: Lindsey Archaeological Services. Feb 2001. Tattershall Thorpe quarry extension-topsoil removal phases 4, 5 and 7. TQD00.
<10>Archive: Lindsey Archaeological Services. Feb 2001. Tattershall Thorpe quarry extension-topsoil removal phases 4, 5 and 7. LCNCC 2001.46.
<11>Report: Lindsey Archaeological Services. July 2001. Tattershall Thorpe Quarry Extension, Phase 6. TQE01.
<12>Archive: Lindsey Archaeological Services. July 2001. Tattershall Thorpe Quarry Extension, Phase 6. LCNCC 2001.177.
<13>Report: Pre-Construct Geophysics. 2005. Proposed Quarry Extension Site, Tattershall Thorpe. -.
<14>Report: Lindsey Archaeological Services. 2005. North Road Farm, Tattershall Thorpe: Archaeological Evaluation. TNRF05.
<15>Archive: Lindsey Archaeological Services. 2005. North Road Farm, Tattershall Thorpe: Archaeological Evaluation. LCNCC 2005.238.