A Brief History of Ipswich Transport - Nacton Heath to Ravenswood, by John Griffiths

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A Brief History of Ipswich Transport - Nacton Heath to Ravenswood, by John Griffiths
A Brief History of Ipswich Transport - Nacton Heath to Ravenswood, by John Griffiths

Booklet published by the Ipswich Transport Museum, 42 pages. A5 size booklet (N6330)

This booklet provides a fascinating brief history of Ipswich airport, and is illustrated throughout with several small colour and black and white photographs

From the opening pages: Before Ipswich had its own airport touring showmen brought flying to the area. The first was in August 1912 when Henri Salmet landed in a field near Stone Lodge Lane as part of a Daily Mail tour. In 1916 Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies Ltd. began to make warplanes and some of these were flown away from the vicinity of the present Ipswich Transport Museum on Priory Heath. Priory Heath was also briefly licensed as an aerodrome in March 1920 for a visit of The Cambridge School of Flying. The Anderson Pool Aviation Company also gave joy rides there in July 1920. The Suffolk and Eastern Counties Aeroplane Club was formed by Courtney Prentice, an ex-Royal Flying Corps bomber pilot, in 1926.

But it was not until late 1927 that, with the support of their president, Lady Bailey, they established themselves on the WW1 Royal Flying Corps 'forward operating base' at Hadleigh on the north side of Pond Hall Road to Hintlesham. They operated the Suffolk Aero Club at Hadleigh, the Cambridge Aero Club at Conington and planned the Marine Aero Club at Brightlingsea. At both Hadleigh and Conington they erected a small metal hangar made by Cocksedge of Ipswich and also, at Hadleigh, a wooden clubhouse. In 1928 they were flying 3 Blackburn Bluebird two seater biplanes and held 2 well supported air displays. In 1929 there was a further air display.

In 1928 the Air Ministry sent a letter to local councils suggesting that they develop aerodromes as they would need them just like they needed roads and railway stations. In 1929 Ipswich Corporation bought 147 acres (60 hectares) of land on Nacton heath on which to construct an airfield....


The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.
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