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Giant's Teeth

WW2 aircraft crash + Waterloo Bridge Giant's Teeth

Describing the dedication of the memorial for the crash the website Their Last Night mentions that the Waterloo granite stones were deposited in this area during the dismantling of the bridge in the 1940s.  We would like to know more about how the stones were acquired and by whom.  Where were they between the 1940s and their use by British Airways in the 1980s?

Site: WW2 aircraft crash + Waterloo Bridge (2 memorials)

UB7, Harmondsworth Moor, Middle Meadow

The crash plaque is attached to a large chunk of granite - a piece of the John Rennie Waterloo Bridge (source: Colne Valley Park).  And all around the area you will see lumps of granite from the same source, so many we could not plot and photograph them all so, as an interesting representative, we have chosen the Giant's Teeth, an art-work a short walk from the memorial.  For a map showing the location of the Giant's Teeth, the crash memorial and paths, etc. see British Airway's Harmondsworth Moor.

Describing the dedication of the memorial for the crash the extremely informative website Their Last Night gives the following information:  "In the late 1980s British Airways proposed the construction of their headquarters (Waterside) … {nearby} ... Part of the overall scheme was to landscape an area of some 240 acres by planting around 70,000 trees on undulating meadowland, and laying out winding footpaths, bridleways, lakes including water features, all embracing the three rivers that are part of the Chiltern drainage.  During the planning stages British Airways was made aware of the Halifax incident … and they responded by initiating a memorial to the lost air crew."

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Giant's Teeth

Subjects commemorated Information

Waterloo Bridge

The first bridge at this site was built by John Rennie and named following Br...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Giant's Teeth

Created by Information

This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
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Also at this site Information

WW2 aircraft crash

{The plaque is divided graphically into 3 vertical sections. The central pane...

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