Did You Ever Sit On The Cannons Outside Leicester’s Museum When You Were Child?

Did you ever partake in this rite of passage for Leicester children? Sitting on and slipping off the two cannons that have stood guard around the city for the over a century. Two cannons taken as trophies at the Battle of Sevastopol now stand guard outside Leicester’s Newarke House Museum. They have pride of place at the entrance to…… Continue reading Did You Ever Sit On The Cannons Outside Leicester’s Museum When You Were Child?

The Largest Explosion Ever On UK Soil, RAF Fauld

RAF Fauld was a military munitions storage in Staffordshire. It exploded by accident in 1944 and was the largest explosion to have ever occurred on UK soil. It is also the largest non-nuclear explosion in the world. History of the store. The RAF took over an existing alabaster mine in 1937 for use as a…… Continue reading The Largest Explosion Ever On UK Soil, RAF Fauld

RAF Lancaster Bomber Crashes In Thurnby Lodge

Something very interesting, but also very sad happened in April 1945 on the outskirts of Leicester. A RAF Bomber (RAF Lancaster ND647) crashed and exploded in a field that would one day be one of Leicester’s suburbs, Thurnby Lodge. Lancaster Bomber training.The bomber aeroplane crashed whilst the crew was training on Sunday 8th April 1945. The Aircraft took…… Continue reading RAF Lancaster Bomber Crashes In Thurnby Lodge