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Stoney Cross - a Second World War, New Forest airfield

Modern satellite images of what was RAF Stoney Cross clearly show the outline of the old airfield's three runways, aircraft dispersal areas and other features.

A - Main runway (with the road to Linwood running along its northern edge)

B - Second runway

C - Third runway

D - Cadman's Pool

E - Janesmoor Pond

F - Ocknell Pond

G - Ocknell Campsite (with the old aircraft dispersal areas clearly visible and now used as hardstandings for caravans)

H - Longbeech Campsite (with the campsite's main service road, originally associated with the airfield, clearly visible)

I - Anses Wood

J - South Bentley Inclosure (with another old service road shown, leading into the wood from the Linwood road)

K - North Bentley Inclosure

L - King's Garn Gutter Inclosure

M - Long Beech Inclosure

N - Ocknell Inclosure

O - Information panel (sited on an area of World War Two concrete now used for car parking)

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July
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August
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New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
July 2017
Saturday, 1st - Burley Village Hall, Cycle Jumble, 9.30am - 3.00pm.
Friday, 14th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night - Hidden Figures (PG), 7.00pm - 10.30pm.
Saturday, 15th - St Michael and All Angels Church, Lyndhurst, Per Piacere Chamber Orchestra, 7.30pm.
Sunday, 16th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lady Cynthia's Fleamarket, 10.00am - 4.00pm.

August 2017
Throughout the month - Exbury Gardens, Look Twice Artists Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.00pm.
Sunday, 6th - Lymington Summer Spectacular, from 10.00am.
Wednesday, 16th - New Forest Reptile Centre, Wild Wednesday, 10.30am - 4.00pm.
Thursday, 24th - Bolton's Bench, Lyndhurst, Wild About Ponies, 1.00pm - 2.00pm.
For further details, view the full New Forest What's on programme.
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley