… good evening from a beautifully warm and peaceful Surrey.
As many of my dear friends are aware, one of the great pleasures of my life involves thoroughly exploring this wonderfully verdant county of mine – a pleasure I appreciate more with the passing years.
Surrey has a smorgasbord of surprising treasures tucked away within the glorious folds of its countryside; the county truly has something for everyone of all ages and all interests. Today, I would like to present a special gallery of photographs taken at a particularly historic location – historic for so many reasons.
The motoring and aviation sensation that is Brooklands Museum nestles comfortably on the outermost edges of the bustling Brooklands Industrial Estate in Weybridge. Brooklands can rightfully lay claim to a number of historic 20th Century firsts.
Brooklands was the location of the first purpose-built racing track in the world, built upon land owned by local landowner, Hugh Locke-King, opening for its inaugural race in June 1907. Racing continued until 1939, whereupon the track ceased to be used for the purpose. Its 2.75 mile circuit boasts banking sections nearly 30ft in height and, whilst certain sections have been removed due to redevelopment, much of the track remains in place to this day.
Brooklands was also a major centre for aviation design and testing. To quote from the Museum’s website: “From A V Roe’s first trials here in 1907-08, through many decades of manufacture by such companies as BAC, Bleriot, British Aerospace, Hawker, Sopwith and Vickers, no other place in Britain, possibly even in the world, has seen such achievements. Some 18,600 new aircraft of nearly 250 types were first flown, manufactured or assembled at Brooklands.”
The bustling and busy Museum has an incredible and devoted group of volunteers manning the helms each day. From Bluebird to Concorde, from buses to bikes, from Mini Days to American Days, the Museum has something for everyone.
The Gallery of six photographs includes some of the site’s historic buildings. My Youngest Daughter – a talented photographer whose works have featured on this blog before – and I also wanted to focus on the wildlife/plantlife that nestles quietly yet abundantly within the thriving Museum site.
Once more, I hope the images capture the essence of Surrey – in particular, the sheer poetic juxtaposition of nature and industry that can be found here.