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Yes, you guessed it - our friend Fred Dibnah. Not that I admire him any the less for it - someone had to do it :cool2:

 

A big futuristic-looking concrete tower - anybody got any pictures or info on the date this tower was built? Could it have been post war?

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Thanks Dave. Yes, it was the tall concrete post war USAF MATS tower which was demolished by Fred in the '80's - I found a photo in a book on him, showing it at 45 degrees with one of his pit prop / tyre fires blazing well!!

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Thanks Dave. Yes, it was the tall concrete post war USAF MATS tower which was demolished by Fred in the '80's - I found a photo in a book on him, showing it at 45 degrees with one of his pit prop / tyre fires blazing well!!

 

 

Some of the shots of Fred show him drilling holes in his 'pit props'. Knowing his dislike of the 'dynamite men' it would be brave of me to suggest that he sometimes blew the props apart, but such a method would result in far more control of the demolition.

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Some of the shots of Fred show him drilling holes in his 'pit props'. Knowing his dislike of the 'dynamite men' it would be brave of me to suggest that he sometimes blew the props apart, but such a method would result in far more control of the demolition.

Maybe to weaken the props in the direction of fall? As in chopping down trees, always make a low cut, in the side that you want it to go.

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  • 5 years later...

You may have heard of the newest book from Narwal (Frituur Zorro):

 

ALL ALONG THE CONTROL TOWER - OUT NOW!

A photobook about remaining wartime control towers in the UK

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