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Buddon Wood, Quorn, Trig Point, 1950s

Before 1974, Buddon Wood in the south of Quorn Parish, off Wood Lane, was beautiful woodland, teeming with wildlife. Despite it being designated a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’, in 1974 the area became subject to intensive quarrying, which continues to this day.

Buddon Wood was the highest point in Quorn and was the reason for the village’s older name of Quorndon, with ‘dun’ meaning hill in Old English. At its highest point within Buddon Wood there was a triangulation station (Trig Point), reference SK73/T2 or later SK73T002, measuring 131 metres or 430 feet above sea level. This was destroyed in April 1974. Today the hill has not only disappeared, but is a hole 122 metres (400 feet) deep.

The older photograph is unique and shows cousins, Tony Fewkes (sitting) and David Mee (standing), at the old trig point in the woods in the 1950s. The shot was taken by their good friend David Bunney. All three lads lived in Quorn.

The second photograph was taken at the trig point in about 1974 by Peter Gamble, when the tree felling had just begun. It shows the height of Buddon Wood. The actual trig point looks as if it has already sustained some damage.

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 Submitted on: 2023-04-10
 Submitted by: Tony Fewkes and Jane Hollingworth
 Artefact ID: 2533
 Artefact URL: www.quornmuseum.com/display.php?id=2533
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