This is how ex RAF High Ercall runways are looking
today. All these were taken on the 01 June 2007 between about 1630
and 1800. High Ercall had 3 solid runways.
This first picture is standing close to 29 threshold and looking down
towards Walton. This runway was 1591 yards or 1454.8 metres in length.
The building that can bee seen is a grain store and
sits on the 11 threshold. Runway 11/29 was the main runway as beyond
the grain store and over the lane used to stand the Main Beacon (Localiser
?), with the Inner Marker at 29 end, its also the runway that ran
square with the control tower.
Taken from the back of the grain store and looking
towards Crudgington. The white blob is Crudgington Creamery
Standing at about 05 threshold, only a short narrow
strip remains at this end. This runway was the second longest at 1412
yards or 1291 metres in length.
I were unable to determine exactly where this point
was but as near as I could work out it was likely the 17/23 intersection.
This is looking back to 05. In front is Cotwall Bank and just out
of shot is the church.
Same point as the photo above. A bit of guess work
based on compass and visuals. This would have been runway 17/35. Runway
length was 1278 yards or 1168.6 metres. I couldn't get to where I
thought 35 threshold would be as the perimeter track leading to 35
threshold and 17/35 have been dug up. To the right is the Wrekin.
05/11 intersection looking to11 (up hill)
05/11 intersection looking to 29
05/11 intersection looking to 23
29/35 intersection looking to 17
29/35 intersection looking to 35 (roughly)
Its my intention to try and do these again when the
fields have been harvested as it will probably be easier to see the
surrounding area and more of the concrete and tarmac.
An area map showing the runway layout can be seen here.
photos have some shots looking down on to the airfield.
An advert for the sale of the various airfield sites.
Most of the Airfield returned to farming as can be seen in the pictures
above. The Headquarters site (Main site) became the RTITB MOTEC 1
(Multi Occupational Training and Educational Centre) and later
Centrex and is now owned by the Angel group. The Sub Sites
with the hangars became warehousing.