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|The Grand Officers Mess|
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Officers Mess buildings are a staple of all RAF Bases in the UK and almost all of them follow the same general template of design. A central entrance hallway with three sets of doors with two single storey wings branching off that left and right where the various function rooms are located. Then at the end of each wing is a two storey accommodation area where the Officers bedrooms are located. This one, however, is a little different. Whilst it followed the general template it had various additions and changes from the norm making it a whole lot grander than a typical example.
When the base closed in 2006 much of it was redeveloped into an industrial estate, prison and solar farm however the former Officers Mess was spared any involvement, being located near the old married quarters housing off the main portion of the base. It has remained derelict since closure although it was, apparently, recently sold so it's time may well be limited now. The decay is just beginning to set in rather nicely, and in my opinion it's easily the best example of an officer's mess out there currently. We turned up early in the afternoon so there was a lot of foot traffic about - many dog walkers and kids and such like, but after a slow amble around the perimeter fence and a bit of ingenuity we found the way through we had been looking for, followed by the quick dash to the building and inside. A lovely peaceful explore followed thankfully.
The upper floors on the end wings are both the same empty bedroom areas so we didn't spend much time there, all the goodies are on the ground floor.
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