RAF Kirton in Lindsey, North Lincolnshire
RAF Kirton Lindsey was opened in the 1940’s. The site was passed between various administrations and finally closed in 2013. Iraq maps and other paperwork hint at its former use.
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RAF Kirton in Lindsey was opened in the 1940s on a new site. The site was passed from RAF control to the US Air Force, then to the British Army and finally back to RAF control. Its final years saw it used as a technical park and provided housing for another nearby base, where the site was also administered from.
It was announced in 2013 that the RAF were to dispose of the site. There was plenty left to see when we got there, and we managed to gain access into the all but one of the buildings. Parts of the site had obviously been out of use for some time and decay had started to set in, while other parts had been in use until very recently. Strategic maps or Iraq and Iran were left lying around, along with various other records, plans and general paperwork.
Most of the hangers were mainly empty, however there were some hints at their former use. One contained large cages that appear to have been used for secure storage, of what we can only guess. A 60ft fence topped with barbed wire had been erected inside one of the hangers, seems a bit strange to me.
Most interesting of all was the warehouse containing numerous cars that have been recovered by the police. These seem to have been in storage and for some reason have been left behind.
One of the buildings had been used by the police for explosives training. As you can imagine, the building is in a bit of a mess, many walls have holes blasted through them. One particular hole had been formed by an explosion powerful enough to carry the brick rubble the full length of the 100 metre room and embedding it into the far wall!
This turned out to be thoroughly enjoyable explore in the company of Kriegaffe9, and revisit with Mr T. The place is sometimes called RAF Santa’s Grotto, as exploring the place is like being a kid at Christmas! I can see why the name stuck. It will be interesting to see the place in a few years once the decay has set in a bit more.