Thursday, 01 September 2011 07:48

Pre R.A.F. (Royal Flying Corps) aircraft hanger to be demolished!

    Another piece of Tamworths heritage is about to disappear and no one seems to have noticed. Hickson Brothers Crown Garage on Victoria Road is about to be redeveloped with six houses to be built on the site.

    The garage was originally a first world war aircraft hanger which was re-assembled on the site where the brothers who started as haulage contractors ran luxury coaches and Charabancs,they later moved to a site opposite the Jolly Sailor inn (another piece of destroyed heritage) on the Bonehill Rd (now the Co-op garage).

    This hanger must be virtually unique as very few hangers where built during the first world war and very few can have survived. It also pre-dates the R.A.F. being an ex Royal Flying Corps hanger.

    Photo taken from "Around Tamworth in old photographs" by Richard Sulima.

    The hanger does now appear to be fairly run down and I admit that I do not know how much of it is original but it does seem sad to just pull it down. I have contacted R.A.F. Cosford about it but they do not wish  acquire this building for the Museum so unless anyone can think of another museum who might be interested its fate seems certain.

    It will be such a shame to loose this building.

    So please put Your thinking caps on and see if You can think of anyone who might save it.



    • Friday, 02 September 2011 06:40 posted by JOHN LEETE

      English Heritage perhaps?

    • Thursday, 01 September 2011 20:18 posted by RonaldV

      Depending on it's condition of course, try the Virginia Beach
      They have a WW-I hangar already, although I am not sure it it is original, and they are currently restoring an old 1930s Luftwaffe hangar which they aquired at Cottbus air field (former East-Germany).

    • Thursday, 01 September 2011 18:46 posted by Peter Hall

      What about Stow Maries near Maldon in Essex - they're rebuilding the WW1 areodrome there!

    • Thursday, 01 September 2011 12:18 posted by Pzkpfw-e

      Any American interest?

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