Wednesday, 23 March 2016

RAF Church Fenton, Leeds


RAF Church Fenton is an ex-RAF training airfield in North Yorkshire which opened on April 1st 1937.

During WWII the it served within the defence network of fighter bases of the RAF providing protection for the Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and Humberside industrial regions.

In later years its role was mainly flight training, being home to the Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron.

On 25 March 2013 it was announced that Church Fenton would close by the end of 2013. The units would be relocated to RAF Linton on Ouse by 31 December 2013.

The site was sold on 23 December 2014 to Makins Yorkshire Strawberries with the exception of a section containing the Air Cadets. Makins intends to keep the airfield operational.

In February 2015, Makins Enterprises (the new airfield owners) launched their new website, renaming the airfield. It will now be known as 'Leeds East Airport', with the slogan "Yorkshire's newest aviation destination." It is believed that Makins Enterprises will target the business jet market, while also running a flying school and other ventures.


Esoteric Eric

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Goyt Water Treatment Works, Derbyshire


Fernilee was the first of the two reservoirs in the Goyt Valley. It was constructed in 1938 by Stockport Water Corporation, now part of North West Water, and cost £480,000. When full, the reservoir holds 4,900 million litres of water which supplies drinking water to Stockport and the surrounding towns.

The water treatment works below the dam were constructed using stone from the demolished Errwood Hall.

Esoteric Eric