North Yorkshire

RAF Church Fenton 

This 260 acre station was opened in 1937 and during the Second World War was home to air defence aircraft, a role retained by the station until the 1960s when it became a training station.

 

It closed in 2013. During September 1940 it became home to the first RAF "Eagle squadron" of American volunteers being No. 71 Squadron RAF initially with the Brewster Buffalo I for one month before changing to the Hawker Hurricane I. The airfield was also home to both the first all-Canadian and all-Polish squadrons, with No. 242 Squadron RAF for the Canadians and No. 306 Squadron RAF for the Polish. 242 Squadron, first established in the First World War and then disbanded, was re-formed here in October 1939, using Canadian personnel.

Ledstone Luck colliery

This pit was sunk in the 1870's, the miners where the last to return to work after the miners’ strike, a year to the day after the National Coal Board (NCB) announced plans to shed 20,000 more jobs in the next financial year. This was due to the Mine manager deciding to stamp his authority on his workers, when they arrived for work after the last day of the stike they found he had chained the gates shut saying he'd decide when they could return to work, not them. Their pit would be closed less than two years later. The two winding Houses were built in 1911 and where among the first to use electric winders, at a time most other mines were still using steam. The Winding Houses are on the English Heritage list of scheduled ancient monuments.

Vintage Farm House

Druid Temple

The woodland at Bivouac is home to the Druid’s Temple which is steeped in history and intrigue. Not a great deal is known about the construction of the folly, but it is believed to have been built in the late 1700’s by William Danby (owner of Swinton Estate and nearby Swinton Park). It is rumoured that a hermit lived there for many years, but its mystical connections are probably fairly tenuous, as it was built at a time when there was a great deal of interest in Druidism as part of the emerging Romantic period. The site contains a main temple along with numerous stone formations dotted around the woodland for eager walkers to find as they explore.

Little Chef and Garage 

Not much history on these two. fire damage seemed to have caused the closure of the little chef but it is not know what happened to the garage/ car wash station. both buildings now sit abandoned on their own road which is being taken over by plant life.

House of Sadness

Not much history on these two. fire damage seemed to have caused the closure of the little chef but it is not know what happened to the garage/ car wash station. both buildings now sit abandoned on their own road which is being taken over by plant life.

Yorkshire Farmhouse

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