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CDP
10-10-2009, 21:20
Hooton Park was opened in 1917 as No. 4 Training Depot Station. Four General Service Sheds were erected that year, anticipating the assembly of aircraft shipped from the US via Liverpool but this never happened. During WW2, Hooton Park became a Coastal Command station. During 1941, two runways were laid.

In 1942, the station passed to RAF Technical Training. This role lasted until 1944, when the station passed to RAF Maintenance Command as a storage facility (with 61 MU in residence). A variety of units passed through Hooton Park until it closed in 1962.

The site is now largely owned by Vauxhall, who use the existing NW/SE runway as storage.

The General Service Sheds are Grade II Listed, two (No. 2 and No. 3 Hangar) of which are owned by the Hooton Park Trust (http://www.hootonparktrust.co.uk/), who are hoping to restore them. The No. 1 Hangar is in the process of being demolished. A number of other buildings also remain. (photos taken October '09)

Views around No. 1 Hangar
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_7111.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_7068.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_7080.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/CSC_7190.jpg

Would would like to thank the people at Hooton Park for showing us around.

Chris

CDP
10-10-2009, 22:05
A few more...

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_7097.jpg

Avro Anson C.19 G-AGPG
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_7082.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_7086.jpg

Chris

Peter Kirk
11-10-2009, 11:15
And it has one of those bomb drop towers as well?

Richard Flagg
11-10-2009, 17:43
Nice pics of another interesting site Chris, did you see or get pic of the Gannet forward fusalage at all?

Should add, the only aircraft I saw there was the Anson (G-AGPG) (http://richardflagg.fotopic.net/p61482152.html), a cockpit section of HS.748 (G-ORAL) (http://richardflagg.fotopic.net/p61482153.html) and a Sea Hawk Cockpit, I didn't photograh that as it was wrapped up in tarpaulins and covers!!

Richard Flagg
23-10-2009, 23:28
An undated photo of RAF Hooton Park. Photo supplied and reproduce with the permission of The Hooton Park Trust

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/ALL%20OTHER%20PHOTOS/Hooton%20Park%20Trust/AerialviewfromSouth-east.jpg

Colski
01-11-2009, 03:04
I dropped in 4 years ago, and was very nicely allowed to take a tour...

Shame about hangar 1 though...

Jon H
04-11-2009, 00:44
Chaps,


Being a local lad and having some involvement with Hooton let me answer a few questions.

Firstly Hangar 1 is not being demolished. It has been cordoned off for several years now as sadly it became structurally unsound. The damage photgraphed is as a result of the trusses finally giving way after years of exposure to the elements....

Also the Gannet cockpit hasnt been there for a few years now. Last I heard the owner of it has it on loan to an ATC squardon somewhere in the Greater Manchester area.

If I can help with anything else just ask and will do what I can to answer :)

During your trip did you pop around the corner to see the 4th Hangar still standing?

Jon

Richard Flagg
31-01-2012, 14:05
Information received from Jayne Wright


The Hooton Park Trust has secured funding to replace the entire roof covering for its No 2 Belfast Hanger at Ellesmere Port in Chesshire. £275 000 in funding has been provided through its oun trust's resources, Vauxhall Motors and some additional funding from WREN and B&Q

CDP
08-02-2012, 00:15
So I cannot be accused of paraphrasing and as a result, getting anything wrong or out of context, Hooton Park is very much the centre of attention of this thread on Key, including a sad photo of the collapsed hangar:

http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?t=114711

Hooton Discussion very much picks up from about half way down the first page and onto the second. The whole thread is started by a sorry state of affairs at Elvington concerning an issue over a job and subsequent tribunal.

Please be careful with any comments if you read this as the situation at Hooton seems to be on-going (and so are ARG in a few days, so be VERY careful!!!). Let's keep it about the airfield site/buildings and memorial and NOT the the pros and cons of how a place is managed!

Chris (site admin)

Richard Flagg
09-02-2012, 10:11
This building looks like a Gym & Chancel, can anyone confirm:
http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=53.307699908520966&lon=-2.947908639907837&gz=19&oz=7&gt=1

Chris Lowe
13-02-2012, 20:08
Hooton Park hangars were on BBC2 this evening with John Craven & Jules Hudson, look for Britains Heritage Heros on iplayer.

advancedbiker
15-02-2012, 23:53
Saw Hooton Park on BBC2 and popped in today and took some photographs. Here is a link: http://www.wix.com/motorcycletraining/photography#!portfolio/vstc3=hooton-park

CDP
17-02-2012, 11:07
Saw Hooton Park on BBC2 and popped in today and took some photographs. Here is a link: http://www.wix.com/motorcycletraining/photography#!portfolio/vstc3=hooton-park

That Hangar (No. 3) is looking pretty sad! Nice photos advancedbiker (and welcome!).

Chris

carmedic
20-02-2012, 18:45
some photo's from a tour in April 2010

http://i39.tinypic.com/30ry83l.jpg

hangar 3
http://i44.tinypic.com/mudiex.jpg

http://i42.tinypic.com/23qxz6t.jpg

1946 Auster J1N
http://i42.tinypic.com/352hqug.jpg

the surviving NW section of the runway at Hooton Park
http://i41.tinypic.com/bfp86.jpg

Drawing on the wall of COMPER CLA7 SWIFT which were built at Hooton Park
http://i42.tinypic.com/t9zihg.jpg

Richard Flagg
29-02-2012, 16:14
Photos from the ARG visit to Hooton Park on 26 Feb 2012 taken by Nigel Bailey-Underwood

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/ALL%20OTHER%20PHOTOS/Nigel%20Bailey-Underwood/HootonPark26Feb20124.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/ALL%20OTHER%20PHOTOS/Nigel%20Bailey-Underwood/HootonPark26Feb20123.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/ALL%20OTHER%20PHOTOS/Nigel%20Bailey-Underwood/HootonPark26Feb20122.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/ALL%20OTHER%20PHOTOS/Nigel%20Bailey-Underwood/HootonPark26Feb20121.jpg

PETERTHEEATER
01-03-2012, 07:27
I'm intrigued by the Shooting-in Butt; very unusual, I don't know of another like it.

tigger
01-03-2012, 08:28
I'm intrigued by the Shooting-in Butt; very unusual, I don't know of another like it.

Indeed. CDP has airfield plans so there might be a drawing number for it on those. I'd have walked over to get some better photos but the go-carts were thundering around. I'll pop back over sometime soon to try and get more photos of it (plus the B1 hangar if it's not surrounded by junk still) and also work out how to get to the gym / chancel (not off the same road as the other buildings)

http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=53.310365059781184&lon=-2.9416269063949585&gz=19&oz=10&gt=1

better and more recent aerial via bing: http://binged.it/AjGd6r

NJR
02-03-2012, 21:48
ARG members "at work" during the ARG visit on Sunday 26th Feb 2012

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t145/ryan7480_bucket/hooton077.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t145/ryan7480_bucket/hooton078.jpg

Hooton Hangars
06-11-2013, 13:30
This Sunday on armistace day The Hooton Park Trust is launching a major fund raising appeal at www.spacehive.com/hootonhangar1 (http://www.spacehive.com/hootonhangar1) This appeal for funding is being made as offical routes are proving harder and more difficult to access due to the urgency of the works, the onset of winter and an ever shrinking public purse. The appeal is aimed at raising enough cash to strip one bay of the existing cement board and felt roof covering, refurbish the skylight, repair all of the 17 Belfast trusses, there supporting brick piers, replace the central rainwater gully and then re cover the roof with a ply covering under 3 layer felt system.
1452714528 The pictures show a side elevation of Hangar 1 this is the building we are fund raising for, the second photograph shows what is going to happen if we cannot raise enough money for the project to proceed. This is Hangar 3 which has had a series of major collapses. So please do visit www.spacehive.com/hootonhangar1 after Sunday and pledge something towards our goal, we have a good start with £272K already in the pot and every pound raised for the building will be spent on the buildings. We all give our time and effort as volunteers so there are no overheads from the Trust, we all want to save the building which will then allow us to open up the site to new users and visitors.
Thank you for your attention, Regards Graham

Alex Brown
06-11-2013, 16:54
Best of luck with the fundraising.

I couldn't get the Facebook share button to work on the site, you might want to have a look at that.

Hooton Hangars
06-11-2013, 19:09
thanks for looking, the face book link is probably because Hooton park ha snot got a facebook presence. I just logged on to spacebook and the site is now live it seems as soon as I put in the closing date the project goes live, prempts my Sunday launch but the pledge button works which is the important bit. Pledges are only taken if we reach the target so every £5.00 will help.

PETERTHEEATER
09-11-2013, 10:43
If anyone has a copy of a Record Site Plan for Hooton (probably 168/45) with a Building Schedule I should appreciate it if they PM me. I have some queries.

Thanks

Kevin Aeronca
05-06-2014, 09:43
Having seen on the Southport Sands/Hesketh park threads a reference to the Martin Hearn company repairing aircraft at Southport during World War 2 — and test-flying them from the beach — I think a few worlds about the company’s main base might be in order here.
The first mention I have of Mr. Martin Hearn is when he was one of Alan Cobham’s staff on a six-aircraft “Circus” detachment to South Africa in 1932. Shortly thereafter, he transferred to C W A Scott’s “Flying For All” travelling aviation show. By 1938, Martin Hearn Limited (MHL) was in residence at Hooton Park Aerodrome, its HQ, where the company was, soon after, being described as “a subsidiary of North Eastern Airways Ltd”.
In the immediate post-war period, MHL was the world sales agent for Slingsby sailplanes and played a central role in getting the British Gliding Association operating again. The design company being otherwise indisposed, MHL built many of the gliders registered in 1946-47. MHL built at least 27 Slingsby T.7 Cadets (BGA435-445, 450-459, 496-500 and 679); 20 T.8 Tutors (BGA460-469, 472-481; another five being cancelled); and nine T.26 Kites (BGA516, 518-523; 681 and 696). There were other one-off constructions, apparently including the prototype T.21 in 1947.
I say ‘built’, but it has yet to be made clear (to me, at least) what proportion of the aircraft were, genuinely, produced in Cheshire. It could be that MHL, simply, glued together parts fabricated in Kirbymoorside (sic).
The last aircraft built by MHL seem to have been 19 production T.21 Sedberghs for the Air Cadets in 1949-50: WB974 to 991 and 993. Several of these survive (including WB975/FJB/BGA3288 and WB978/FDY/BGA3189 in the photographs posted below), while the very last, WB993 is in Netherlands as PH-201. The last time I looked, two MHL Tutors and a Kite were extant, too.
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