Monument record MCC4984 - Wormingford WWII Airfield - Mess Site, Fordham


Mess site associated with the WWII airfield.


Grid reference Centred TL 9326 2995 (327m by 347m)
Map sheet TL92NW


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

1996: Mess site associated with the WWII airfield; possible buildings still extant.<1><2> Aerial photos <3><4>.

March 2006: An Air Ministry plan of Wormingford Airfield and its Dispersed Sites dated May 1945, shows the Mess Site as having 16 buildings and other structures.<5> This site, on the E side of Fordham Road, is now a Works area at its N end and an open field at its S end. In the SE corner of the field, the C.O.’s Quarters still survives as a private bungalow.

Aerial photographs from May 1946 show that in addition to the 16 listed structures there was at least one Stanton shelter, which still survives. Also, there were no fewer than eight open-topped blast shelters (see SMR 16679/MCC4994) at least one of which still survives, immediately E of Fordham Road.<6>

One photo of site.<7>

See also <8> & <9>.

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: Bowyer, Michael J. 1979. Action Stations: Military Airfields of East Anglia Vol.1.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: Thorpe, Simon. 1996. Military Airfields in Essex during WWII.
  • <3> AP: unknown. 1944. US-7PH-GP-LOC186-5045.
  • <4> AP: Essex County Council. 1990. 30-4703, 30-4704, 30-4705.
  • <5> Map: Air Ministry. 1945. Wormingford Record Site Plan. May 1945.
  • <6> DESC TEXT: Innes, G. 1995. British airfield buildings of the Second World War. photo pp 96-97.
  • <7> Photograph: Nash, Fred. 2006. Mess Site at Wormingford WWII Airfield. 1 frame, Mar 2006.
  • <8> Photograph: Colchester Historic Buildings Forum. 2011. Digital photograph of 10-14 Vineyard Street, Colchester. Digital. Volume 1.
  • <9> Unpublished document: Nash, Fred. 2007. SURVEY OF WORLD WAR TWO DEFENCES IN THE BOROUGH OF COLCHESTER. VOLUME 2. Volume 2.

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Jun 16 2020 2:49PM

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