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Bomb Craters
« on: January 09, 2018, 09:24:39 am »
Even since I was a small child I remember several holes in Gobions Woods being referred to as the bomb craters.

I never knew whether these really were from WW2 or just a natural sinkhole

Having researched this a bit more with http://www.bombsight.org it seems that's not the case but a couple of bombs did fall in the BP area although not in populated areas

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Re: Bomb Craters
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2018, 12:17:31 pm »
An urban myth!

I believe they are actually swallow holes.
 

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Re: Bomb Craters
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2018, 02:17:40 pm »
Many of the hollows in local woods and fields are chalk pits or clay pits - hence Brickkiln Wood near railway station and the Chalkdrawers Arms in Colney Heath. One or two are dried out fishponds, e.g. alongside Tollgate Road as you approach Colney Heath.
 

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Re: Bomb Craters
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2018, 03:38:52 pm »
1935 O/S 25 inch to the mile map showing location of the swallow holes - Before WWII!!

 
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Re: Bomb Craters
« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 05:47:54 pm »
Even since I was a small child I remember several holes in Gobions Woods being referred to as the bomb craters.

I never knew whether these really were from WW2 or just a natural sinkhole

Some info here:
http://www.brookmans.com/history/waryears/ch3.shtml
 

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Re: Bomb Craters
« Reply #5 on: Today at 07:37:39 am »
Even since I was a small child I remember several holes in Gobions Woods being referred to as the bomb craters.

I never knew whether these really were from WW2 or just a natural sinkhole

Some info here:
http://www.brookmans.com/history/waryears/ch3.shtml

I think Epiphany is right when he posts that the bomb craters are "an urban myth". The piece was written almost 20 years ago based on a booklet published by the old North Mymms Local History Society. I added to the text with what I thought, at the time, were facts. I am now updating all the history books. You can check the revised version here with a (hopefully authentic) reproduction of 'On The Home Front - The People and Parish of North Mymms 1939-45'
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