TA1729 : Hedon Aerodrome

taken 11 years ago, near to Salt End, East Riding of Yorkshire, Great Britain

Hedon Aerodrome
Hedon Aerodrome
In 1888 a race course with a grandstand was set up here in the fields west of Hedon which was said by some to have the longest "straight" in the country. By 1910 its popularity had waned but it proved an ideal location for landing planes and people came from miles around to watch the exploits of famous early fliers such as Gustav Hamel.

In 1929 Hull Council bought the land as a municipal airport and on 11th August 1930 Hull's Amy Johnson is said to have landed her plane here to a great reception some three months after her historic solo flight to Australia. Aircraft were built and tested south of the airfield on Hull Road at what later became Airport Garage, until a few years ago the last visible reminder of the aerodrome although that too has now gone.

The airfield was requisitioned by the Government at the outbreak of World War 2 but was never again used for flying. In the late 1940's the site was used as a speedway track, something which is reflected in the earthworks shown on 1:25000 scale Ordnance Survey maps, although the outline of these earthworks is not nearly so obvious on the ground. Since then part of the site has been used for household waste disposal and much of it has been used unofficially as a practice ground for offroad motorcycles.

The view here is from the southeast corner of the old speedway track, looking across the former airstrip towards St. Augustine's Church in Hedon.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 20 January, 2007   (more nearby)
Sunday, 21 January, 2007
Airfield (disused)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TA 173 290 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:44.6614N 0:13.3249W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TA 172 290
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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