One of two, Upper and Lower. Upper is slightly North. I don’t think it’s anything to do with elevation.
They’re both small villages on the edge of the canal, looking across the flood-planes of the River Cherwell.
Lower Heyford has a marina and railway station.
The mobile signal down there is abysmal, otherwise it might be a desirable place to be.
Upper Heyford Airbase
Both Lower and Upper Heyford are on the edge of an airbase of some strategic importance during the cold war. Heyford Park, or Upper Heyford Airbase.
B52 and U-2 aircraft were stationed here in the period from 1952-1965, when it was used for US reconnaissance.
The base was decommissioned in 1994 and since then, it’s been used as a morgue, a storage depot for new cars, and, most recently, the site of 1,000 new starter homes!
I drive through there pretty regularly. It’s not nearly finished yet. But it does have a school and a bowling alley, along with a pub and a Sainsbury’s express.
Development of the retail area is underway…
Unlike other developments in Bicester, which generally detract from the once popular market town’s centre, this Heyford Park has located and developed it’s own centre.
It has good links to the motorway.
Most people seem to think it’s a winner.
I’m inclined to agree.
Yes, summer is crap and I’ve not been getting out as much.
On Sunday, the weather did hold out enough for me to take a jaunt around the locality on the bike.
I went to Enstone and saw these Hoar Stones.
I carried on to Chipping Norton, (home of Jeremy Clarkeson), had a Curly Wurly milkshake from Ticketty Shake, and from there, home.
Felt pretty shattered when I got back. Being in the Cotswolds, it’s fairly hilly out there
Steeple Aston Eyecatcher
Earliest example of a ‘sham ruin’
Built by William Kent in 1740, it stands as a totem to the wealth and taste of the local barony at Rousham.
Personally, I find it slightly creepy.
I’m moored about 1 mile away at somewhere called
Pretty quite here….
Until next time…