Critique The other side of Heyford Park

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Some may be aware that I work on Heyford Park, former RAF & USAF airbase, now being pulled down and built on. The place has really aged over the last 3 or 4 years, and I'm seeing the few remaining old buildings in the accessible area getting more crumbly as they are neglected while building work goes on around them. I'd have liked to try some urbex type photos, but for obvious reasons that's not possible, but where I can take pictures then I'll keep doing so to document the changes as they happen. This should be a project, but I'd started photographing seriously again after the building/demolition work had started, and there are some large gaps in my pictures.

The Bar.
Derelict Heyford-7914
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H+H
Derelict Heyford-7921
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Where are the trees?
Derelict Heyford-7927
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Soft ground
Derelict Heyford-7945
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A place to leave stuff
Derelict Heyford-8006
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Cable
Derelict Heyford-8013
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A dark past?
Derelict Heyford-8015
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C&C welcome as always
 
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Heyford as in formerly Upper Heyford? My father was stationed there when he first joined the RAF. He was cycling from there when he met my mother. That was all sometime back in the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth but knowing the military he'd probably still recognise bits if he was still here.
 
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Heyford as in formerly Upper Heyford? My father was stationed there when he first joined the RAF. He was cycling from there when he met my mother. That was all sometime back in the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth but knowing the military he'd probably still recognise bits if he was still here.
That's the place. Was he stationed in a village or in Bicester (nearest town)? I presume that was before the USAF turned up.
 
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We lived in Middleton Stoney for a while and where always amazed at how much infrastructure was left unused at Heyford,when Bicester could offer nowt....
 
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That's the place. Was he stationed in a village or in Bicester (nearest town)? I presume that was before the USAF turned up.
It was before the USAF. I have no idea where he actually lived - it was well before my time (my family skipped a generation) and I've never been to the area. I think my mother may have lived in Bicester when he was away but I'm not certain.
 
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We lived in Middleton Stoney for a while and where always amazed at how much infrastructure was left unused at Heyford,when Bicester could offer nowt....
I know - we moved up in 1990, and they had a bowling alley & pizza place while there was only a sucky fish & chip place (Lemon Sole) in Bicester.

It was before the USAF. I have no idea where he actually lived - it was well before my time (my family skipped a generation) and I've never been to the area. I think my mother may have lived in Bicester when he was away but I'm not certain.
Seems reasonable then.
 
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Sounds like a really interesting and worthwhile project. Number 4's my favourite - good use of the mud tracks as foreground interest and some nice tones in the sky.
 
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Some interesting photos you have here. No. 3 is my favourite.

Other than driving within a few miles on my way into the Cotswolds I've only been there once for a safety course after being caught using my phone while driving many years back. Always planned to re visit, maybe I've left it too late now. Might drop by on my way back from Wychford next Saturday.
 
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Sounds like a really interesting and worthwhile project. Number 4's my favourite - good use of the mud tracks as foreground interest and some nice tones in the sky.
Thanks. I was in 2 minds about them because they're a bit of a fore-ground cliche, but I liked how they lead to the tower.

Some interesting photos you have here. No. 3 is my favourite.

Other than driving within a few miles on my way into the Cotswolds I've only been there once for a safety course after being caught using my phone while driving many years back. Always planned to re visit, maybe I've left it too late now. Might drop by on my way back from Wychford next Saturday.
Was that the speed awareness course (run in bld 78 - visible in H+H, number 2 along with a speed awareness parking sign)? There's a lot of stuff left, but it looks quite different with the new houses.
 
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