First World War Airfield

Longhorsley WW1 Airfield

Land immediately adjacent to Longhorsley moor was acquired for a night landing ground designated for use by 36 (Home Defence) Squadron. It replaced landing ground at Beacon Hill to the west. It occupied an area of land measuring approximately 800 x 400 yards. The airfield was available for use from January 1917 and by January 1918 it had also become a Day Landing Ground. It closed in June 1919 when the squadron was disbanded. There are no features remaining other than a line of boundary fence against the Moor which is about 800 yards long. The 36 (Home Defence) Squadron was formed from an existing Home Defence Flight based at Cramlington as a night flying unit. Initially, its primary role was to patrol the skies of the Newcastle area and defend against attacks from German airships.

WW1 Airfield Memorial plaque - Unveiling ceremony

A memorial plaque was donated by the 'Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust' and has been erected on Longhorsley Moor with the aid of a grant from the 'Wingates Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund' and 'Longhorsley Local History Society'.

The unveiling of the plaque by the Mayor of Morpeth, Jack Gebhard, took place on Tuesday 9th April 2019 attended by some 50 local people and a'flypast' of local microlight aircraft.

Photo by Roger Coen

The Plaque

The Plinth

Local Fly-past