SJ7581 : From Heir To Air - Men and Women from the Skies

taken 8 years ago, near to Rostherne, Cheshire, Great Britain

From Heir To Air - Men and Women from the Skies
From Heir To Air - Men and Women from the Skies
For location of notice see SJ7581 : Paratrooper training ground to feeding ground.
"The aeroplane noisy, dark, dirty, crowded; the harness and parachute irksome. From one stepped into perfect silence and solitude". Evelyn Waugh.

The Hon Maurice Egerton became heir to Tatton in March 1909. He was a keen motorist and had been a member of the Aero Club for seven years. During the winter of 1909-10 the Aviation Ground in front of you was constructed by levelling open ground. A hangar was built next to the Old Hall.
Maurice gained his Royal Aero Club Certificate (No.11) on the Isle of Sheppey, 10th June 1910. The following day his Short Brothers aircraft fell out of the sky from over 50 feet and a spar transfixed his leg. His injury gave him a permanent limp and he had already damaged his fingers. His friend Charles Rolls of Rolls-Royce fame died in a flying accident a month later.
Undaunted, Maurice continued to fly achieving heights of 4,500 feet by the outbreak of WW1.
He knew Orville and Kate Wright well. SJ7581 : Maurice Egerton and Wilbur Wright
In WWII Maurice's Aviation Ground was taken over and extended by the RAF as a satellite Landing Ground. The Park became No.1 Parachute Training School.
Between 1940 and 1945 Tatton Park played a vital role in the training of parachutists. Here, above the expanse of parkland, the canopies of British parachute troops opened for the very first time, heralding the birth of Britain's airborne forces.
More than 20,000 men and women from all walks of life took their first terrifying leap in the skies above Tatton. Amongst them were many of World War II's most daring secret agents who had their basic training here before being dropped into occupied France. Amongst them was Evelyn Waugh, author of "Brideshead Revisited", who broke his leg!
The notice gives credit to historian Andrew G Trend.

The Tatton Park Trust, The National Trust and Cheshire East Council
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 20 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Saturday, 23 January, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 755 815 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:19.7907N 2:22.0969W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 755 815
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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