Peterhead Airfield

Airfield (20th Century)

Site Name Peterhead Airfield

Classification Airfield (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Longside Airfield

Canmore ID 80723

Site Number NK04NE 12

NGR NK 0758 4728

NGR Description Centred NK 0758 4728

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Longside
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Banff And Buchan
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

Archaeology Notes

NK04NE 12.00 centred 0758 4728

For the Airfield Operations Block see for further structures see also

NK04NE 12.01 Centred NK 0900 4645 Military Camp

NK04NE 12.02 Centred NK 0980 4685 Military Camp

NK04NE 12.03 NK 0752 4630 Building

NK04NE 12.04 Centred NK 0911 4699 Sewage works

NK04NE 12.05 Centred NK 0919 4667 Military Camp

NK04NE 12.06 NK 0899 4673 Building

NK04NE 12.07 Centred NK 0822 4690 Military Camp (Technical area)

NK04NE 12.08 Centred NK 0870 4605 Military Camps

NK04NE 12.09 Centred NK 0865 4553 Military Camps

NK04NE 12.10 NK 08049 47594 Pillbox

NK04NE 12.11 NK 07590 47634 Pillbox

NK04NE 12.12 NK 07389 47418 Pillbox

NK04NE 12.13 NK 07278 47203 Pillbox

NK04NE 12.14 NK 07390 46814 Pillbox

NK04NE 12.15 NK 07563 46732 Pillbox

NK04NE 12.16 NK 07858 46269 Building

NK04NE 12.17 c. NK 0832 4751 Pillbox

NK04NE 12.18 Centred NK 07433 46629 Dispersal Bays

For satellite Peterhead or Cairnbulg airfield (centred NK 040 644), see

World War II: mainly disused but part of runway used by Bond Helicopters: visible on air photographs AAS/93/15/G32/14-15, flown 11 November 1993. Copies held by Grampian Regional Council SMR.

NMRS, MS/712/6.

Air photographs: AAS/94/01/G1/16-30.

NMRS, MS/712/21.

Situated about 4 miles W of Peterhead and N of the A950 road. Much of the airfield has been returned to agricultural use whilst other areas have been utilised for industrial estate. Many buildings including pillboxes survive particularly on the E and N sides. The control tower/watch office has been demolished (Smith 1983).

J Guy 1993; NMRS MS 810/1, 82-7

An archaeological desk-based assessment and rapid field survey was undertaken in March 1997 on the proposed route of a pipeline running from St Fergus Offtake Station to the proposed pressure reducing station at Peterhead Power Station. Five sites situated within the corridor examined were listed in the NMRS. The following is amongst the sites identified in the assessment:.

NK 076 473 Peterhead Airfield

Several other enclosures, wells, tracks, field boundaries and dykes were also recorded. Fuller report in the NMRS.

Sponsor: Penspen Ltd.

R Strachan 1997.

Site recorded during a watching brief and excavations undertaken on the route of the pipeline during May and June 1998. The route had previously been assessed (Strachan 1997).

Monitoring of the topsoil stripping ensured that damage to known sites was minimal. Monitoring within the Peterhead Airfield/Longside Airfield (NMRS ) revealed no sites of archaeological interest.

A report has been lodged with NMRS and Aberdeenshire SMR.

Sponsor: Penspen Ltd for Scottish Hydro-Electric plc.

R Strachan 1998.

Examination of the immediate postwar RAF vertical air photographs (106G/UK 1125, 3109-3112; 3185-3187 and 4155-4159, flown 15 January 1946) show the almost complete airfield, all of the dispersed accommodation camps and ancilliary buildings. Also visible are several pillboxes, the 'Battle H.Q. and many of the aircraft hangars and dispersal bays.

Aerial photographs taken in 1969, (OS 69 176, 59-63, flown 6 June 1969) show that by this date the hangars has been removed, but the dispersed sites still retained many of their buildings and huts.

Information from RCAHMS (DE), November 2004

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