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Hello John, my cousins lived in Grendon Road and went to that school. Valerie Smith, Pat Smith and their brother Carl. Val was born around 1940 and Pat around 41 with Carl coming in in 45 I think. I remember The Dell behind their house and the farmer bringing his cows along Grendon Road and up to The Dell - My, how funny that seems today, cows walking along a road in a residential area. Houses were built there soon after we left.
Hello Shortie. I dont recall your cousins but probably knew them, do remember the cows on the dell though as I used to walk across the dell to get to school, and we used to play football over there and fish for newts in the pond, as you say difficult to believe these days.
Was there any military point at Berry Mound (Mount) during II World War? I found a lot of anti-tank defences there and alos something like demolished bunker.
It seems that there was also some narrow gauge railway. Just look at the pictures, any info about this?
When we moved to the area in 1973, there was still a number of derelict building there which belonged to the quarry, understand the area was used as a spoil tip from the quarry, never heard of any anti-aircraft installations in the area.
I never noticed those remains when I used to go over Berry Mound, there again I don't suppose I'd have noticed them. That looks like a slab of iron, I wonder what that was used for ?
I've checked and there wasn't an AA site there. I was wondering if there would've been a pillbox of one sort or another, it would have had a good field of fire.
Mooching about on the web, I came across a picture of a pillbox with slabs of iron mounted either side of the embrasure.
I imagine they would cut down the risk of enemy shots ricocheting inside.
The slabs in the picture look very like the one on Berry Mount.