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RAF Cranwell



Reference Name MLI83189

Name:
RAF Cranwell

Summary:
RAF Cranwell

Location:
CRANWELL AND BYARDS LEAP, NORTH KESTEVEN, LINCOLNSHIRE
TEMPLE BRUER WITH TEMPLE HIGH GRANGE, NORTH KESTEVEN, LINCOLNSHIRE
BRAUNCEWELL, NORTH KESTEVEN, LINCOLNSHIRE
NORTH RAUCEBY, NORTH KESTEVEN, LINCOLNSHIRE

Description:
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RAF Cranwell was opened in April 1916 as an RN aeroplane, airship and balloon training station, under the Admiralty, and known as HMS Daedalus. It became so large that it was split into two, known as the South and North camps. It survived the post-war defence cuts to become the home of the RAF Cadet College and School of Technical Training. It was renamed the RAF College in 1929 and the present buildings were erected soon afterwards, being formally opened by the Prince of Wales in 1934. Cranwell was now at the very heart of the RAF and its airfield was used to launch many of the RAF's long distance record-breaking flights of the 1930s. On the day that war was declared in 1939, it was closed and reopened again as the RAF College Service Flying Training School in 1939. By 1941 it was also a training school for Radio and Signals Operators. The hospital which had been there since 1922 was moved to Rauceby hospital. {1}{2}
Aircraft obstructions are visible on aerial photographs. {3}
The College Hall and several other buildings are listed. See PRNs 64321-5. {4}
A railway branch line, opened in 1916, connected the base with Sleaford. It closed to passengers in 1927 and completely in 1956. The former station building is now in use as a guardhouse. {5}

Sources:
1 Bibliographic reference: HANCOCK, T.N.. 1978. BOMBER COUNTY. pp.52-54, 114
2 Bibliographic reference: Otter, P. 1996. Lincolnshire Airfields in the Second World War. pp.75-78
3 Map: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1992-1996. National Mapping Programme. LINCOLNSHIRE. TF0151:LI.876.1.1, 1996
4 Index: Department of the Environment. 1987. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. 6/17-18, 7/17-18, 1311/0/10001-3; 113.001-2, 113.012-4
5 Bibliographic reference: Wright, N.. 2004. Lincolnshire's Industrial Heritage - A Guide. p 54, NK40

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