(This is updated post using embedded Google Maps where previously there was just a screenshot. It was very easy!)
As some of you may have heard the government has recently given the go ahead for the building of a third runway at Heathrow.
Leaving the rather large social and environmental impacts aside I was looking at the area that’ll have to be cleared and excavated around the village of Sipson and found this field using Google Earth. At first I thought they maybe excavation evaluation trenches that were dug for the archaeology, but they seem very close together and a little too big. After studying them for a while they aren’t as regular as at first look either.
Bird’s Eye view on Multimap.com
Get directions on Multimap.com
Then I thought I should use other resources. This is the image from Microsoft Virtual Earth via Multimap. As can be seen the land use is quite different. There are dates on at the bottom of the webpages but I’m not sure how accurate they are. However I imagine the Multimap one is older as the strips look quite entrenched.
Nevertheless, these older patterns don’t seem to bare any relation to the ones seen in Google Earth.
So if anyone has any ideas or indeed answers don’t be scared to get in touch otherwise I’ve been instructed to make my way to the local HER and have a rummage to see if there are any answers there and I’m very busy!
The grid reference is TQ 077774