Just came across this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muCVyN_wU4c
I remember the barn on barn corner even camped in it when I was 15 years old, as was friends with the son of the track marshal.
Amazing footage! It doesn't look hugely different today. Not so many bales of straw...
No roll over protection!
Fabulous - I first went in 75 , it hasn't changed much at all, and where changes have been made , they are usually for the better. Except for the loss of spectating on the infield at Hall Bends . Anybody remember the creaky old bridge ?
Great to se a barn at, well, Barn! Where abouts was Cadwell Hall before it was demolished?
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I *think* the Hall used to stand near the very North of the grassy paddock area (which is to the North of the main surfaced paddock areas). The Lodge is still there on the main road.
There seems to be some uncertainty about the Hall though; the circuit is always said to have been built in the grounds, and the usually cited demo date is before the track was built. Some local history sites say the Hall is still there but in ruins - I assume that is some confusion with the old house in the woods behind the control tower… Any long term locals here who know for sure?
None of this should be confused with the old cottage (now gone) which sat alongside the track between the hairpin and Barn with a narrow bit of garden between it and the track. There is a well known photo of Nelson Piquet blasting right alongside the white picket fence (and the bird table), which was closer to the track than the tyre wall is now. The cottage survived well into the 80s from memory.
It was customary to leave the barn doors open to form an escape road - and if you managed to get right through and out the other end there was a pond too…
As John said, little has changed (other than mostly sensitive and sensible improvements)… the scenery has been opened out to the right in the second part of the Hall Bends (it used to feel a bit like driving through a tunnel), and the new bridge has removed the need for the pedestrian crossing (only used between races, obviously!) at the bottom of the Mountain.
I remember going to Cadwell to see Senna and Brundle in F3… and it’s still Britain’s finest circuit, still looks glorious, and it appears to be in good, and caring, hands. (Oh, and a fabulous place to watch the HSCC at play.)
Tony- there is a tiny section of what MSV has signed as a wall from th old hall , just to the north of the cafe , near the kids play area . Lincolnshire has more than its fair share of lost big houses , often no only evidenced by a crumbling gatehouse
Ahh... thanks John; I'd missed that. So the Hall was a bit closer to the track than I'd thought (assuming it's not a token section of wall that they've relocated...).
That's close to a possible location I'd thought about for my Dad's bench...
Get a BOGOF ? When I finally shuffle off this mortal coil (in early 22nd Century ) I fancy a bench above the Hall Bends . Simply one of my favourite places to be anywhere . on a sunny spring morning . With cars on track , preferably - but what did Cadwell look and sound like . mid lockdown ? A Wolds Chernobyl ?