Throckmorton, Worcestershire

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Throckmorton
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Throckmorton Church
Throckmorton is located in Worcestershire
Throckmorton
Throckmorton
 Throckmorton shown within Worcestershire
Population 200 (2001 census)
OS grid reference SO980496
Civil parish Throckmorton
District Wychavon
Shire county Worcestershire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PERSHORE
Postcode district WR10
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
List of places
UK
England
Worcestershire

Coordinates: 52°08′42″N 2°01′48″W / 52.145128°N 2.030097°W / 52.145128; -2.030097

Throckmorton is a small village and civil parish in the administrative district of Wychavon, in the county of Worcestershire, England.

The village lies 3.5 miles northeast of Pershore, five miles north-west of Evesham and 9 miles southeast of the city of Worcester. At the 2001 census, it had a population of 200.

The church[edit]

The village is ancient and the earliest extant remains are parts of the church and bell-tower (now a chapelry), dating from the 13th century. Excavations discovered the stone foundations of an even earlier church on the site. The church has no electricity and is lit by gas-lamps and candles.

QinetiQ Pershore[edit]

Formerly RAF Pershore, and also known as Throckmorton Airfield, the site is owned and operated by QinetiQ as a Business Park and Trials Centre. No flying activities occurred on this site until the recent 2013 Help For Heroes Airshow. The 2014 Airshow is in aid of several charities, including Fly to Help, Combat Stress and West Midlands Air Ambulance, and will be held on 7th June.

Archeological investigations of the airfield have suggested that it was originally a Roman site.[1]

Disused Control Tower, Pershore airfield.

At the periphery of the village is the military airfield RAF Station Pershore. The station has a long history. It was built in 1940 during the Second World War and was home to No 23 Operational Training Unit equipped with Wellington bombers. Subsequently, the airfield was home to No 1 Ferry Unit, the RAF Pershore Advanced Flying School and the Royal Radar Establishment Flying Unit. It is said to have one of the longest runways in UK (though this statement is incorrect, it is a mere 6000 ft). Although largely in a state of disuse, it is still in commission and is allegedly used for training purposes by military special forces and police[citation needed].

Several plans have been put forward for the development of the site that was used in 2001 as a burial ground for the carcasses of over 100,000 animals afflicted with foot and mouth disease.[2] In 2008 it was suggested that the site be used as a prison camp to relieve overcrowding in Britain's jails.[3] In 2008 proposals were put forward by QinetiQ to use the site for the development of an eco-town for a population of up to 20,000.[4] Recently government proposals emerged to turn the airfield into a reception centre for illegal immigrants. The village was on a shortlist of eight sites, but it was successful campaigned against by local people (as 'PACT') and M.P. Peter Luff, and the plan was rejected by the House of Lords.[citation needed]

The airfield was used as site for Vulcan bombers. Pershore was one of a number of dispersal sites for the RAF nuclear deterrent V Bombers, none were ever dispersed on anything other than training missions. To a question raised in Parliament, assurance was given that there are no records of radioactive contamination as a result of use of the site for Vulcan bomber disposals as no V bomber ever dispersed with live weapons.[5]

The Throckmorton family[edit]

The village gave its name to the Throckmorton family.

In the media[edit]

The village has had a number of television and radio documentaries made about it, notably by Channel 4's archaeological television programme Time Team in 2002[6] and BBC Radio 4 in 2006.

Culture and countryside[edit]

The surrounding countryside is that celebrated by A.E. Housman and Edward Elgar, and there are numerous heritage sites locally.

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