The History of My New Home

Apologies about the delay between posts the reason is that we have just moved home. This post is about the history of the land that out new home is on. Having worked in a capacity of a volunteer at Slough Museum I knew about the interesting history of this land however was exactly sure where it was until we went to the solicitors to go through the paperwork.

Image NOT my own

Image NOT my own

My new home was made on land to Ford. They owned the land until 1997 when it was then sold off and developed in to houses and flats. The factory that was on the site produced commercial vehicles from 1958.

But the most exciting history was that before 1958 the land was the site of the Hawker Aircraft company. They brought Parlaunt Farm in 1938. the planes that were made on the site and the airfield just before and during World War II were Hurricanes, Tempests and Sea Fury aircrafts.

Ariel plan of Langley Airodrome Image NOT my own

Ariel plan of Langley Airodrome Image NOT my own

Many of the local residential streets and roads are named after the company and their planes. Briefly after the war the air field was used by Airwork Ltd and British South American Airways for aircraft maintenance work.

An example of one of the planes made A Hawker Tempest Image not my own

An example of one of the planes made A Hawker Tempest Image not my own

The air field saw the first flights of Hawker Tornado, Typhoon, Tempest, Fury, Sea Fury, and the General aircraft Hamilcar. The Hawker factory closed in 1958.

As a historian knowing of the history of the place you live is always very grounding but to have such a history makes me feel like I am home.

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