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Liddington is a village near Swindon in Wiltshire, England. The settlement lies south east of Swindon town, close to the M4 motorway, junction 15 which is approximately 1.5 kilometres away via the B4192 - known as Purley Road, where it passes through Liddington village.
The parish, as a whole, has been an area of settlement since the earliest times. The ancient Ridgeway traverses the parish just north of the village and the Iron Age hill-fort known as Liddington Castle overlooks the present-day village. Liddington is recorded in the late Saxon period, around 940 AD. The Domesday Book of 1086 refers to the settlement as Ledentone. Records indicate that Liddington was a fairly prosperous parish in the 14th century Population of the parish was 454 in 1841. Though, it gradually declined thereafter.
'Starfish' Decoy Control Bunker on Liddington Hill
This is the control bunker for a WWII 'Starfish' bombing decoy site. 'SF' - standing for 'Special Fire'. This would have been used to control fires, which would have acted as a decoy to enemy planes targeting the town of Swindon to the north.
The bunker consisted of two rooms off a central passage. That on the right housed generators. The control room was on the left, with a hatch in the concrete roof. At the end of the corridor, someone has drawn a large swastika and written the name of 'Hitler'.
There is also a new PGL adventure centre that opened in 2010 there.
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