Landguard Point, Felixstowe

We went to Landguard Point while were were in East Anglia earlier in the week. We were in Felixstowe saw the sign and in our normal holiday mode simply followed it. We follow a lot of random signs.

Sometimes you find something interesting, and sometimes you find a sun-blasted shingle bank with a variety of marginally interesting things to see.

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War Memorial – Landguard Point

The aeroplane in question was a Handley-Page Hampden which flew into a barrage balloon cable en route between RAF Waddington and Emmerich in Germany.

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HMS Beehive

HMS Beehive was a stone frigate, as the Navy calls them. As you can see from the plaque it was a busy place.

I’ve always thought that the contribution of the Coastal Forces has been largely forgotten over the years. Peter Scott is mainly remembered for his work with birds rather than for his time with coastal forces in the war, whilst Patrick Troughton is mainly remembered for playing Dr Who.

If they’d flown aeroplanes everyone would remember them. The same goes for Robert Hichens. He’s a very interesting man when you read his life story but does anyone remember him? He’s buried in Felixstowe, but I didn’t realise that until I was researching the link or I’d have taken a picture for the blog.

 

 

11 thoughts on “Landguard Point, Felixstowe

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  2. beatingthebounds

    Jon Pertwee, now you’re talking! I don’t remember the other two so well. Along with Tom Baker, he was my co-favourite. It’s probably an age thing. There may even be people who liked some of the lacklustre ones who followed. Pertwee was also in the Navy Lark, which the BBC conveniently often puts on the iplayer.
    I’ve never been to Felixstowe, but I did spend the first five years of my life living in Waddington.

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    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      The Navy Lark is on Radio 4 Extra too. Pertwee was a good Doctor Who but different to the first two, being more comic and earthbound, with a car.

      Waddington is OK, I once had a stall at the airshow. Enjoyed the day but didn’t take much money. 🙂

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  3. Laurie Graves

    Goodness, goodness, goodness! The things I learn from your posts. I did not know that Patrick Troughton was in the coastal forces. In fact, all I knew about him was that he was in Dr. Who. Believe it or not, he is my favorite Doctor. The cosmic hobo. 😉

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    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I remember the very first episode! I always liked William Hartnell, but I think Troughton was a little better.

      Incidentally, Jon Pertwee was in the Navy during the war – injured badly in an air raid and narrowly missed being sunk on HMS Hood which was sunk in 1941 with the loss of 1,418 men (just 3 survived).

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