Bramham Moor Aerodrome My previous knowledge of Bramham is in relation to the house and grounds and the international horse trials that takes place yearly, so when I learned that Bramham once had an aerodrome from a lady called Heather whom we had met via a horse portrait shoot, I was really surprised. Heather, informed us that one of the original hangers from the First World War was still there and offered to take us to it and as she knows people who own it, we were also able to step inside and see the wooden lattice roofing structure. Whilst I was inside, I was trying to imagine the aircraft that the hanger would have housed and thought if only there were some old planes inside. Bramham Moor Aerodrome was a first world War era military airfield near to the village of Bramham, West Yorkshire England. The Aerodrome was used between March 1916 and December 1919 by active aircraft squadrons and was closed down in April 1920. Bramham was originally used as a Home Defence station, due to the threat of Zeppelin attacks, but later, it was used primarily for preparing aircrew for front line operations. It did not see re-use as an airfield during the Second world War. However, vehicles were parked on the grassed runway areas to deter glider landings during the threat of invasion. The Aerodrome was notable in the First World War for being the location where the first Arab officers in the Royal Air Force underwent training.
Today the site is used by an agricultural college and has one remaining First World War hangar, (of the same design as the remaining examples at Duxford and Hendon which are grade II listed. It is believed that three other hangars were built on site from aerial photographic evidence that show the building outlines from their cropmarks. The majority of the site is now used as farmland with the A64 cutting through what was once an airfield.


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