All Things Warrington

Burtonwood Airbase: Then and Now

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Today very little remains of RAF Burtonwood. However at its peak in the mid-to-late 1950s over 16 miles of fencing was required to secure it. The site comprised 1,636 buildings (including over 1,000 Nissen/accommodation huts), over 3.5 million sq. ft. of warehousing space, a two-mile runway and almost 5 miles of railway track. To get an idea of the scale of the site, place your cursor on the 'then and now' map below for a close up view of how the base looked in 1955 compared with a satellite image of today (2015). The map is optimised for viewing on laptop computers and may not work as expected on mobile devices.
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Burtonwood Airbase Then and Now
Burtonwood Airbase Then And Now
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Then & now image (above): 1955 map courtesy of the Burtonwood Association, 2015 satellite image courtesy of Googlemaps.
Main header picture (top of page): An arial view of the base taken on 4 June 1976 (Photo: Aldon Ferguson). Colourised by Paul Chambers of

A detailed history of RAF Burtonwood can be found here