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    The Royal Naval Airstation Newhaven was built in 1917 the base was used by seaplanes to carry out anti U-boat patrols and escort convoys moving in the Channel. Newhaven and Littlehampton were the main ports for stores and munitions. It had a concrete ramp running down into the sea, this was storm damaged between the wars but the floor of the hangars, complete with door tracks, still remain. Some 150- 190 people lived and worked there and huts and accommodation were built on stilts to reduce the risk of flooding and later a number of old Stroudley railway coaches built in 1880/1 were sited there as well. The foundations of these made of railway sleepers still survive. These were taken over as holiday homes after the first war and lasted until 1941 when the site was cleared for defence purposes. The wooden Hangar (built 1917120ft x50ft) was moved to East quay and used as a bonded warehouse until destroyed by fire in the 1960s. The metal one (built in 1918 180ftx60ft) was transported to the Railway yard at Wimbledon around 1923 and is still standing , now a scheduled building. Prior to being resited it was used as a factory to make concrete, hexagonal piles to repair the East Pier, one of these dated 1920 is still on site. No 242 Squadron RAF was formed in August 1918 from Nos 408, 409 and 514 Flights RNAS at the seaplane station at Newhaven and nearby airfield at Telscombe Cliffs. . On 15 May 1919, the squadron was disbanded and the Station closed down and sold off.
    What's still there? The concrete hangar floors with door tracks, remains of both slipways and at equinox tides the footings of one can be found in the shallows some 90 yards away

    A nice selection of WW1 photos on http://www.climb-out.co.uk/Henryrossalderson.html

    I'll post some curent ones soon
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    Default Re: Newhaven RNAS at Tidemills

    Excellent collection of photos.

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    Ap of the site, A is the 1917 Hangar Base, B the 1918 Hangar base dissected by an earth burm sea wall, C is the early concrete slip and D the later metal frame with concrete decking which extends past the low water mark. The dark area between A & B was a gap between the hangars. The front door tracks are just visible as staright lines, there is a smaller set to the rear of the 1918 which accessed a lean to workshop. On an Auction Leaflet in Newhaven Museum describing Military sites for sale just after WW1 it shows the field south of the A259 and East of Mill Drove as parade and Landing ground

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    Default Re: Newhaven RNAS at Tidemills

    The shed at Wimbledon is not scheduled - see Wimbledon thread:

    http://www.airfieldinformationexchan...e-Shed-Listing

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    Thanks for that- how can we support this bid for listing?

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    Default Re: Newhaven RNAS at Tidemills

    pete668, a lovely collection of photographs; thanks.

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    Fantastic photos thank you, the two half round hangars look like one at Rollestone, Wiltshire. Its now re clad and is used by Qintec/Quinetic I can never remember their name? main01.jpgprobably the only one remaining?




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    Default Re: Newhaven RNAS at Tidemills

    pete you can write comments on the thread and I will send them to EH.

    Richard I am afraid not, the Rollstone Camp hangar dates to 1932 and was built for balloons.

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    So they are both 1932, I am looking at the right hangar which I believed was a 'Belfast Truss' style but cannot place it on in any book or archive that I know?? of

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    Default Re: Newhaven RNAS at Tidemills

    yes both 1932 Richard

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