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TOPIC: Little Walsingham (WW1)

Little Walsingham (WW1) 14 Apr 2018 14:05 #1

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The IWM website has this photo of Little Walsingham aerodrome from 27 April 1918.

www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205354060

I cannot place it on a the map as it is quite a close cropped area and neither can I find it in any WW1 airfield books either as Little Walsingham or Walsingham. It is obviously under construction but may not have been completed which might explain the lack of listing. Alternatively it may have adopted another name whilst under construction, if so what?

It is doubtful anything remained by the time of WW2, as all the building would have been sold off, but it may have left a trace in the form of crop marks.

Were there any more unfinished aerodromes from this period? I seem to recall one in Sussex but that may not have been started.

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Little Walsingham (WW1) 13 May 2018 22:21 #2

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I have been trying to place this airfield on the current google maps but cannot find it. Any ideas where it might be?

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Little Walsingham (WW1) 14 May 2018 08:23 #3

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REF wrote: I have been trying to place this airfield on the current google maps but cannot find it. Any ideas where it might be?


I spent sometime looking at this one but couldn't match it up with any map or aerial view. I did wonder it it was incorrectly named as it doesn't appear on any lists I have. I assumed it was an unfinished TDS or AAP but even those were listed.

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Little Walsingham (WW1) 14 May 2018 09:04 #4

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Peter ~ believe it must have been located to the west of the old railway station line on the opposite side of the Egmers road to Mariners Field.

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Little Walsingham (WW1) 14 May 2018 11:25 #5

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Peter Kirk wrote:

REF wrote: I have been trying to place this airfield on the current google maps but cannot find it. Any ideas where it might be?


I spent sometime looking at this one but couldn't match it up with any map or aerial view. I did wonder it it was incorrectly named as it doesn't appear on any lists I have. I assumed it was an unfinished TDS or AAP but even those were listed.


I am fairly confident that this is not at Little Walsingham in Norfolk, or in the vicinity. I have no idea where it could be. Its really frustrating me !!
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Little Walsingham (WW1) 14 May 2018 12:50 #6

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I'm glad it's not just me then. I've spent a few mornings looking for it, expanding my search outwards to no avail. Could it be somewhere else entirely but mis-labelled?

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Little Walsingham (WW1) 14 May 2018 12:54 #7

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It looks like it’s spely Welsingham with an E not A, but I don’t think that place exists! It’s bugging me that I can’t find it - it’s probably somewhere obvious !!

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Little Walsingham (WW1) 14 May 2018 16:02 #8

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I attempted to identify it from the unique road layout.

I'm guessing that the heavy items would have been delivered by rail and it was also close to the old railway station.

The old guy I used to spend lunch time with who claimed to have been in the RFC told me that they could set up a station in a month and strip it down again just as quickly.

Once the ground had been set to the plough you would never know that an aerodrome existed.

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Little Walsingham (WW1) 14 May 2018 17:34 #9

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It looks to be three paired Belfast type hangars and the hedges have been cleared by the looks of the grey strips along the field boundaries. There is also a cross drawn near the photo detail which may be a north pointer.

As others have said, it doesn't match the roads or fields of the area on the 1906 maps. One thing that is odd is the building over a roadway. Why bother to do this when you could easily move the layout further up?

What is needed is a list of RAF stations on its formation, including those under construction at the time.

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Little Walsingham (WW1) 14 May 2018 18:28 #10

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The 1940s aerial view of the technical area at North Creake shows some similarities if rotated off north and if the road layout did continue across the area prior to the build.

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