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A bit of the Antarctic in Leafield?

Photograph of new building work of the Power House at the Leafield Wireless Radio Station site. Date: not known

Photograph of new building work of the Power House at the Leafield Wireless Radio Station site.
Date: not known

Here’s a mystery; up at the old radio station and Post Office training centre at Leafield, there is a solidly built hut which has always been known as the ‘Shackleton Hut’.  So the story goes, Ernest Shackleton, the Antarctic explorer, had his hut constructed there as a sort of test to see if it would all fit together well and that it would be, as the modern saying has it, ‘fit for purpose’.  The site is currently empty and the hut is, apparently, still there. Workers at the site can remember it being used as a classroom for training; but is there any truth in the story that it has a genuine connection with Shackleton?  Any reader who knows more about this mystery is asked to get in touch with the editor to see if, between us, we can shed (sorry!) any light on the story.

August-September 2019