View Full Version : Archived: RAF Manby Officers Mess.

urban phantom
23-10-2011, 05:33 PM
Hi all this raf manby officers mess i did this explore with my wife (queenie) and exploring dog mac . It looks like the kids and gipsys are moving in on the place and last tenant has made a big mess of the original features with airsoft pellets its a real shame because its a very complete building and its getting worse any way here is some history for you

HISTORY: An impressive example, on a key aviation site, of a large-scale neo-Georgian officers' mess and quarters, typical of those erected on training airfields during the 1930s. For such a large building it is handled with simple dignity, embodying to an exceptional degree the improved architectural quality associated with the post-1934 Expansion Period of the RAF that resulted from public fears over rearmament and the environmental impact of air bases on the landscape. Detailing is restrained throughout, but massing, spacing and proportions are carefully considered, in the neo-Georgian style favoured at this period, and influenced by the impact of the Royal Fine Arts Commission, especially though the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. As is common on RAF bases, the Mess is set somewhat apart from the remainder of the buildings, and also has its own private entrance gates from the minor road to the S.

Manby was one the first generation (Scheme A) of those RAF stations built as a result of the great expansion of the RAF prompted by the rise of Hitler's Germany, although construction did not commence until 1936 and it was not opened until July 1938. It was built as an Armament Training School, and comprised the RAF's principal armament training section at the beginning of the Second World War, training armament officers, bomb aimers, air gunners and armourers with a variety of aircraft ranging from Hawker Hinds to Wellingtons. At the outset of the war it was providedwith a decoy airfield at Mablethorpe and used the bombing and gunnery range at Thaddlethorpe. It was later equipped with two paved runways (1,448 and 1,232 yards). The RAF Flying College was formed here in 1949, and the base was closed in 1974.

It ranks with Hullavington in Wiltshire - another Scheme A station - as the most complete and architecturally unified of the stations of the so-called Expansion Period, under way from June 1934. The buildings at Manby reflect a distinct change in the aesthetic quality and design of RAF stations. Against the background of public resistance to rearmament and concerns about the impact of airfields on the countryside, the recently-formed Royal Fine Art Commission advised the Air Ministry on the design of new sites. This consultation resulted in the appointment of a specialist architectural advisor (Mr Archibald Bulloch MRIBA) to its Directorate of Works and Buildings. The buildings erected for much of the Expansion Period were based upon a range of type designs, characterised by a homogeneity of materials and careful control of proportions: a clear distinction was made between the neo-Georgian domestic buildings and the more stridently modern style used for technical buildings. The buildings on the base were designed for the purposes of training, a purpose which allowed a greater formality of planning than purely operational stations, here achieved by the grouping of the principal buildings around a large parade ground. The domestic and administrative buildings - Bulloch designs of 1934-5 - are designed in a broadly neo-Georgian style, and comprise a group of special importance where the recommendations for listing are concentrated. These use timber double-hung sashes, and elevations presented in carefully-considered areas of wall and window, with regularity of layout and the comfortable proportions characteristic of the period: many of these designs, from the barracks blocks to the sergeants mess and the fine instructional block, have not been noted on any other RAF sites of the period. The Officers' Mess, the largest of the domestic buildings, is set apart to the south, with its own driveway, and the married officers' and NCO's quarters to the south-east form a well-preserved group. The technical buildings, grouped around the C-type hangars which front onto the flying field, use standard steel casements, with horizontal bars.

now for some pictures

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6239/6272612981_5527d404bd_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6272612981/)
urbex raf manby officers mess 172 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6272612981/) by urban phantom (http://www.flickr.com/people/urban_phantom/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6099/6273139710_61cdd64731_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6273139710/)
manby (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6273139710/) by urban phantom (http://www.flickr.com/people/urban_phantom/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6115/6272611217_610b693a2b_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6272611217/)
urbex raf manby officers mess 171 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6272611217/) by urban phantom (http://www.flickr.com/people/urban_phantom/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6233/6273115798_fd987e0ba4_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6273115798/)
urbex raf manby officers mess 139 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6273115798/) by urban phantom (http://www.flickr.com/people/urban_phantom/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6101/6272586347_19b6f5ed15_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6272586347/)
urbex raf manby officers mess 128 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6272586347/) by urban phantom (http://www.flickr.com/people/urban_phantom/), on Flickr
any one for sand paper

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urbex raf manby officers mess 166 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6273132916/) by urban phantom (http://www.flickr.com/people/urban_phantom/), on Flickr

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urbex raf manby officers mess 118 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6273105770/) by urban phantom (http://www.flickr.com/people/urban_phantom/), on Flickr

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urbex raf manby officers mess 107 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6272570579/) by urban phantom (http://www.flickr.com/people/urban_phantom/), on Flickr

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urbex raf manby officers mess 113 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6273099890/) by urban phantom (http://www.flickr.com/people/urban_phantom/), on Flickr

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urbex raf manby officers mess 066 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6272544461/) by urban phantom (http://www.flickr.com/people/urban_phantom/), on Flickr

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urbex raf manby officers mess 069 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6273072060/) by urban phantom (http://www.flickr.com/people/urban_phantom/), on Flickr

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urbex raf manby officers mess 049 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6273051246/) by urban phantom (http://www.flickr.com/people/urban_phantom/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6054/6272521933_eb37c0b352_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6272521933/)
urbex raf manby officers mess 039 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_phantom/6272521933/) by urban phantom (http://www.flickr.com/people/urban_phantom/), on Flickr

thanks for looking all comment welcome