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General Discussion Boards => Genealogy and Local History => Topic started by: sasquartch on January 09, 2018, 09:24:39 am

Title: Bomb Craters
Post by: sasquartch 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

An interesting site for anyone interested in local history
Title: Re: Bomb Craters
Post by: epiphany on January 09, 2018, 12:17:31 pm
An urban myth!

I believe they are actually swallow holes.
Title: Re: Bomb Craters
Post by: Nobby 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.
Title: Re: Bomb Craters
Post by: epiphany 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!!

Title: Re: Bomb Craters
Post by: trekbat on January 16, 2018, 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