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Secret of Sherwood Forest
« on: July 25, 2019, 02:11:32 pm »
Thought i'd share a little known story about the UK's first onshore oil field:

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The photo above is one of the restored oil pumpjacks in the woods, in the 1940's over a hundred wells were drilled by a team of 42 US oilmen (whom were later known as the roughnecks of Sherwood Forest) from Ardmore OK. It contributed over a million barrels of oil for the British war effort, more information on this fascinating story can be found on the website below:

http://www.dukeswoodoilmuseum.com/

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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2019, 02:13:51 pm »
VERY interesting !!!

Never heard of this before, thanks for sharing Philip
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Re: Secret of Sherwood Forest
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2019, 02:15:36 pm »
Thats my back garden Phil.
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2019, 02:20:37 pm »
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Thats my back garden Phil.

Yup i know Pete  ;), a lovely part of the world too!
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2019, 02:24:27 pm »
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Never heard of this before, thanks for sharing Philip

Jan, at the time it was done under utmost secrecy under the cover of the forest. I'm glad you found it interesting and another nice example of UK - USA co operation, sadly it is not a very well known story. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2019, 02:32:57 pm »
Very interesting, and I'll be looking further into this. If this truly helped significantly at the time, then I'm pleased and proud that my country was able to provide direct assistance to a people who were then so desperately oppressed in this manner.
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2019, 06:35:17 pm »
Thanks Philip, very interesting information.
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2019, 03:47:58 am »
Here is the bronze statue located within Rufford Country Park in Nottinghamshire commemorating these men, it is nice that there is an identical bronze statue is located in Ardmore OK, linking the two places together:

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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2019, 10:16:25 am »
Thanks for sharing this Philip  ...  it provides a very personal and human view, that is rather humbling, encouraging and inspiring within its historical context. Very glad to have this behind the scenes peek of what has been mostly lost to the bigger picture of what all was going on at the time.
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Re: Secret of Sherwood Forest
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2019, 12:57:19 pm »
interesting read, thanks for sharing 😊
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Re: Secret of Sherwood Forest
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2019, 06:38:30 am »
Thats my back garden Phil.


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Re: Secret of Sherwood Forest
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2019, 07:13:08 am »
Probably only time in history that

"where the Roughnecks lived during the Second World War when it was a Monastery"

Thanks for posting Phillip as I had not heard of this.
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« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2019, 12:50:36 pm »
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Probably only time in history that

"where the Roughnecks lived during the Second World War when it was a Monastery"

Yes it was at Kelham Hall where the oil museum is now located, also across the road is an appropriately named pub, where quite a few of them frequented.  ;)
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Re: Secret of Sherwood Forest
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2019, 02:23:54 pm »
Please do tell us Philip, what was the apropos name of the pub across the road?
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Re: Secret of Sherwood Forest
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2019, 03:05:48 pm »
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Please do tell us Philip, what was the apropos name of the pub across the road?

Well ahem appropriate for me, The Fox Inn:

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As it turned out, most of the banjo and fiddle playing was done in 'The Fox' pub right across the road from the monastery.
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