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Record-breaking pilot offers inspiration for new development

13th March 2014 Print
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Leading housebuilder Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire has named its new collection of homes in Didcot after a local test pilot who broke a world flight speed record.

Eric Stanley Greenwood was awarded the OBE in 1946 after exceeding 600mph in level flight while testing Meteor fighter jets for a successful air speed record attempt.

Greenwood Meadows, a new development of 60 homes in Harwell, near Didcot, was named in honour of the pilot, who lived in the village.

Darren McCormack, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We think it’s a fitting tribute to name our new Greenwood Meadows development after such a notable former resident. Eric Stanley Greenwood’s flight speed record was an incredible achievement, particularly as he managed to raise the speed of the Meteor from 500mph to 600mph in just a fortnight.

“Greenwood Meadows will offer a range of high-quality new homes in a fantastic rural location, and I would urge anyone who is interested in finding out more to register their interest now to ensure they are at the front of the queue for their pick of the plots available.”

Due to open this spring, Greenwood Meadows is located off Grove Road in the small village of Harwell, two miles west of Didcot. The village offers a number of day-to-day amenities, including a butcher, a newsagent/off-licence and a pub.

This bustling village has a variety of active clubs and societies, with a Royal British Legion branch, a Scout group, a tennis club, a horticultural society, a rugby club and Harwell Feast Committee, which organises a parade and fun day each May Bank Holiday.

Parents will appreciate that the village has its own school, Harwell Primary School, while a choice of secondary schools can be found in Didcot, including Didcot Girls’ School and St Birinus School, which was rated ‘good’ in its latest Ofsted inspection.

For commuters, Harwell is just 20 minutes from the centre of Oxford via the A34 and only 10 minutes from Junction 13 of the M4 for easy access to London and Bristol. Meanwhile, Didcot Parkway railway station offers regular services to London Paddington, Bristol and Swindon.

To register an interest in the new homes at Greenwood Meadows, or for information on Taylor Wimpey developments across the region, visit

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