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    Used between 1916 and 1919, the airfield was in Lincolnshire (Buckminster is of course in Leics). The farm is called Aerodrome Farm and predates the arifield, late 1890's I think. Interesting foundations still visible on the airfield side of the road, although these may be associated with iron stone mining. My 1966 2 1/2 inch sheet seems to indicate that the entire airfield site had been quarried.

    A slight aside; the land fill site which can be seen to the east was once a water filled quarry know locally as The Glebe, used by the Ore Mining Branch for fishing. Sometime in the 70's during land restoration work I recall a bomb being unearthed, if only I had kept the Grantham Journals from back then!


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    I was always under the impression there was nothing left of Buckminster. I must pop back and have a proper look at some point. Some hut bases would be a nice result when you consider how old and primitive the airfield is/was.
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    ps...I always thought the airfield was in Leicestershire. It must be right on the county borders.

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    There was an MT shed some years ago extant

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    Is Buckminster not another name for Saltby Airfield?

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    REF, no totally different locations, confused by the fact that Saltby is home to the Buckminster Gliding club

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    Default Re: Buckminster

    Quote Originally Posted by norwichpaul View Post
    There was an MT shed some years ago extant
    Cheers Paul. Looks like Buckminster will be getting a visit.

    Quote Originally Posted by REF View Post
    Is Buckminster not another name for Saltby Airfield?
    No Rich. There two seperate airfields. The Gliding club at Saltby are called the Buckminster Gliding Club but thats the only connection. Buckminster was an old ww1 grass aerodrome.


    EDIT - Kebecker, you beat me to it!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by norwichpaul View Post
    There was an MT shed some years ago extant
    This?
    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll...12,135.82,,0,0

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    Yes that is the one, a rare RFC TDS MT section.

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    We have some very nice pictures of Buckminster in our digital archives
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    Quote Originally Posted by norwichpaul View Post
    We have some very nice pictures of Buckminster in our digital archives
    Impressive, looking at the 2 1/2 inch map again shows that a mineral line ran parallel to the road just in front of the MT shed, so I suppose we are lucky it survived.

    The buildings must have been relacated very soon after the end of the war since there is no record of anything on the 1921 OS sheet. The edition clearly shows airfield buildings at Harlaxton and Spittlegate.

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