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Skeabrae Airfield, Bomb Store

Bomb Store (20th Century)

Site Name Skeabrae Airfield, Bomb Store

Classification Bomb Store (20th Century)

Canmore ID 130166

Site Number HY22SE 59.01

NGR HY 27341 21013

NGR Description HY 27417 20961, HY 27273 21025 and HY 27340 21016

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Sandwick
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY22SE 59.01 27417 20961, 27273 21025 and 27340 21016

Three bomb or explosives stores are situated at the NE corner of Skeabrae Airfield about 100m SW of Swartland farmsteading. The bomb store has unusual blast walls to the N and S sides of the buildings, being in a zig-zag pattern.

The stores were numbered from the west, nos1, 2 and 3 (Works Directorate drawing of 1944, no.1811/54), no.2 being smaller than the other two. No.1 store measures about 25m and 16.8m , No.2 store, 19m and 15m and No.3 store 26m and 16m.

All are being used for animal feed storage or as animal shelters.

The bomb stores are visible on RAF vertical air photogrpahs (541[A] 390, 3415-3416, 18 May 1948).

Visited by RCAHMS (DE), August 2000


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