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Kirknewton Airfield

Airfield (20th Century)

Site Name Kirknewton Airfield

Classification Airfield (20th Century)

Canmore ID 91660

Site Number NT16NW 52

NGR NT 1249 6575

NGR Description Centred NT 1249 6575

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Ratho
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT16NW 52.00 Centred 1249 6575

NT16NW 52.01 NT 114 650 Military Camp

NT16NW 52.02 NT 11757 65848 Aircraft Hangar

NT16NW 52.03 NT 11818 65791 Building

NT16NW 52.04 NT 11837 65842 and NT 11821 65874 Buildings

This airfield opened during late 1941, but by 1944 it is recorded as having no hangars. In more recent times three hangars were noted. The First Battalion, Gordon Highlanders now occupies one of the dispersal areas to the W.

The USAF used the airfield during the 1950s for storage, but it was returned to Britain during the later 1960s. In more recent years it has been used for a gliding school.

D J Smith 1983

Many buildings adjacent to the public road have now been removed.

J A Guy 1997; NMRS MS 810/5, 30-3.

Visible on Ordnance Survey aerial photograph 65/50/114.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM) 6 January 1998

The airfield is visible on RAF WW II vertical air photographs (NLA 71, 3010-3025, 4010-4025, flown 9 September 1943), and shows one aircraft hangar, probably a Bellman type, in the same location as the present day. Several blister hangars are also visible around the airfield perimeter along with dispersal bays and other small buildings.

The military camp is also visible on the air photographs (NLA 71, 4010-4012, flown 9 September 1943).

No defensive pillboxes can be seen on the photographs, but the runways have been camouflaged.

Information from RCAHMS (DE), March 2005


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