May be inspirational for my next build… Part 1.
I grew up in a small village called Woodville, just to the south of Derby, in more or less the centre of England.
Derby was the home of an important Rolls Royce factory which made Merlin engines, the powerplant used by important World War Two aircraft such as the Spitfire, the Hurricane, the Mosquito and the Lancaster :
Shortly after the outbreak of war in 1939, steps were taken to protect this important Derby factory from enemy air attack. Immediate measures included the installation of a large calibre ex-naval gun on the western side of Hartshorne Lane, on some grassland near the public footpath, just beyond the site where the Dominoes public house was to be built shortly after the end of the war. Look for the Orange Arrow, my hearties!! :
This naval gun, probably taken from a scrapped old battleship, was extremely powerful and extremely noisy. Every time…
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