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    Default Hartfordbridge or Hartford bridge ?

    Hi,

    In 1943, RAF Hartfordbridge in one word or two words ? I see two different spellings in books or inside archives!

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    Bertrand

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    It's Hartford Bridge according to the Blackbushe Airport website. Hartford Bridge was renamed RAF Blackbushe in November 1944.

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    Simon

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    It depends on whether they named it after the land on which it stands (Hartford Bridge Flats) or the nearby hamlet of Hartfordbridge. Looking at it on oldmaps.co.uk, those spellings seem consistent on OS maps.

    http://www.sopse.org.uk/ixbin/hixclient.exe?a=query&p=gateway&f=generic_largerim age_postsearch.htm&_IXFIRST_=26402&_IXMAXHITS_=1&m =quick_sform&tc1=i&tc2=e&s=jnwrmim1uby

    However, even OS now seem to be confused, since on the 1:50000 scale map the hamlet is Hartfordbridge, but when you enlarge the scale it's Hartford Bridge!

    Not sure the Blackbushe Airport site can be trusted either, since they can't even spell Hartley Wintney!
    Last edited by Vitesse; 3rd February 2013 at 17:13.

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    Hello Bertrand,
    It looks like the RAF called it Hartford Bridge, whether that suited the locals or not. The ORBs at Kew all use this form, and the only references to 'Hartfordbridge' that appear anywhere in the Kew catalogue are from the 19th century and earlier. There is a sound recording of an interview at the Imperial War Museum which uses both forms in the description, just to confuse matters.

    Hope this helps,
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    Thanks Simon, Vitesse and Bruce for replying. I will use Hartford Bridge in two words.

    Bertrand

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