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MONUMENT NO. 1579900


The surface remains of the late 19th century Hudswell quarry and the Second World War Royal Army Ordnance Corp (RAOC) Hudswell Camp can be seen on aerial photographs taken in 1946. This large camp was situated to the west of Corsham. By 1946 all that was visible of the original quarry was the spoil heap close to the site of the quarry shafts. Some of the military buildings at this location were used for maintenance and this was also the site of two lift shafts. This area was defended by five pillboxes. To the east were the Hudswell Laboratories. The remainder of the camp consisted of accommodation much of which consisted of semi-detached or short terraces of houses all with their own gardens – presumably married quarters. Two existing sites were requisitioned, Pockeridge Farm and the 18th century Pockeridge House and associated buildings, which was used as the Officer’s Mess. Air inlet and outlet shafts for Tunnel Quarry were also visible. Air photos taken in 2009 show that some of the housing has survived while other areas and the laboratories have been demolished and the areas redeveloped for housing. Most of the pillboxes appear to have been demolished, though the sites of two are under trees.

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