On Saturday (4th October), the Friends of the Trust (FCAT) ventured out on an excursion in Essex… Unfortunately, it rained for most of the day, but a good time was had by all.
FCAT member and Trust volunteer Maureen writes: ‘… On Saturday, 26 Friends enjoyed a full and interesting day at Stow Maries WW1 aerodrome and Langford Museum of Power.
After coffee and a welcome by aerodrome chairman Jeremy Lucas, the Friends were given a brief history of the site with slides and a short film by curator Ivor Dillinger. In 1914, the land was commandeered from local farmer Harry Turner to combat the threat of Zeppelins. The Royal Flying Corps was amalgamated with the Royal Navy Air Service and the Royal Air Force was created in 1918.
The hangar at the aerodrome contained many replica aircraft and the museum offered fascinating insights into the lives of the brave young pilots who operated from there, and included a display of finds from local excavations.
There is a touching link with the Tiptree jam factory, as pilots would drop their orders for supplies when flying over the factory, many of which were kept.
As the rain persisted, the Museum of Power provided another indoor experience. Ray Anderton demonstrated the only surviving pump, of three, from 1925. These were built to supply fresh drinking water to the Southend area from a reservoir fed by the Chelmer, Blackwater and Ter rivers. Four million gallons of water were pumped a day. Wearing hard hats, some Friends braved the underground tour of the mighty mechanism. The museum presented many examples of engines and interactive displays of air an water power.
Many thanks to Brenda May for organising another successful outing for the Friends …’
Many thanks to Maureen for the report and to FCAT member and Trust volunteer Shirley for the photo.s.
For more information on the Friends of the Trust, including how to join, visit the FCAT page on this web-site at www.thecolchesterarchaeologist.co.uk/?cat=27 . Visit the web-sites of Stow Maries aerodrome at www.stowmaries.org.uk/ and of the Langford Museum of Power at www.museumofpower.org.uk/ .
The images show the hangar and the memorial at Stow Maries aerodrome.