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Maldon: Stow Maries aerodrome saved thanks to £1.5million grant
A historic aerodrome from the First World War is to be completely restored, thanks to a £1.5million grant.
Stow Maries Aerodrome, in Hackmans Lane, Purleigh, is believed to the only Great War airfield left intact anywhere in the world, boasting three aircraft hangers, barracks and dozens of other Grade II listed buildings.
Thanks to the grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), alongside additional support from Essex County Council, Maldon District Council and English Heritage, it can be saved from disrepair and returned to its wartime condition.
It was built in 1916 as a response to increased attacks by German Zeppelin airships on British mainland and was home to the 37 Squadron, Royal Flying Corp.
The Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Trust now intend to restore the airfield to its former glory and open a museum commemorating the men who flew here.
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