Greenham Common : Fire Hydrants

These remaining objects confirm beyond any shadow of a doubt that this was an American airbase - we simply do not use fire hydrants here in the UK. They’re everywhere, all over the common. You won’t walk very far without encountering one. Of course, they don’t work any more, and invariably souvenir hunters have taken the side screw-on caps. They’re slowly rusting away, and the light beige paint is wearing away to reveal an original brown. I like them; I find them interesting yet wacky, and it amazes me that just about every time I go for a walk on the common I’ll spot one I’ve never noticed before. So here are a handful, just to give you an idea.

A hydrant seen from a distance

Finally, a couple that failed to survive