RAF Elsham Wolds

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RAF Elsham Wolds

The last remaining hangar from RAF Elsham Wolds, now in the middle of an industrial estate between the Lincolnshire towns of Scunthorpe and Grimsby.

The airbase began life during WWI when it was built to defend against Zeppelin bombers. After 1919 it fell into disrepair but as the next war loomed, it was reactivated and served as a bomber base.

In the photo above the control tower was located just in front of the hangar but this was demolished in the 80’s.

This page has some old photos of the control tower.

On this Google Earth image you can see this J type hangar next to the words Synectics Industrial Systems. You can also clearly see the old runways bordering the black triangular field to the left of it.

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29 comments on “RAF Elsham Wolds
  1. Jainbow says:

    All those wild flowers set the scene beautifully. :~}

  2. Mark McKie says:

    Nice one mate.

  3. crusader752 says:

    Time marches on but there’s always some history lurking there and yet again you delved Ian. Nice work and a I particularly like the Poppies that appear in the scene 🙂

  4. IANLAYZELLUK says:

    Beautiful.

  5. Tech Owl says:

    It looks worth an explore Ian – what a setting too

  6. mick cooke says:

    great photo ian ,nice colours and a great info

  7. **Hazel** says:

    A wonderful field full of beautiful wild flowers, Ian!! As your photo shows the history is still there, not yet taken over by nature!! Hope you are having a lovely weekend !!!:-)

  8. Kingsdude/Dave says:

    Great bit of history Ian and a cracking shot too !

  9. Highy says:

    Very nice mate, you got more poppies and a better sky than me!

  10. nondesigner59 says:

    Looks like a nice wildflower meadow now.. Great shot.

  11. Ian D B says:

    Many thanks everyone, the wild flowers do add a certain poignancy to the scene.
    I should have pointed out, I ripped off the idea for this photo from Al.

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/highy]

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/highy/7584195722/in/photostream
    If honest mate, I think yours is the better shot with that warm evening sunlight and the focus on the poppies. The original and still the best. Or was that Kellog’s cornflakes…?

  12. Highy says:

    Kellogs don’t make them for anyone else!

    Thanks for the credit mate,
    Reckon the control tower was just past that electricity pole.

  13. janano2010 says:

    Lovely shot and poppies for remembrance too

  14. stopherjones says:

    Beautiful summer scene, agree that the poppies add a real poignancy to the shot and allow you to imagine the scenes that were there when the base was operational

  15. amyrey says:

    Fascinating stuff. And pretty too.

  16. magoo² says:

    Superb!

  17. pasujoba says:

    Beautifully composed image Ian . Looked like you had a nice day for it !
    Was this hanger contemporary to WW1 or a new build during WW2 cos itloos similar to those on Malta which will be WW2

  18. cgullz says:

    really like this shot, have been to visit it three times now .. wanted to save my comment to put an award with it .. will get there!
    poppies add a great sense of ‘Europe’ if you know what i mean [we don’t get them wild over here]. very nice colours in the shot: red, white, blue – the colours of many of the Allies flags .. quite apt.

  19. cgullz says:


    seen in Traces of War

  20. f3liney says:

    A beautiful airfield shot Ian.
    Love the contrast of red, white and blue.

  21. Billy Currie says:

    love these old raf stations, spent a long time up at one in Errol between Perth and Dundee

  22. bazylek100 says:

    It’s a pity that the control tower has been pulled down. Usually you can always make some use of such old structures.

  23. Highy says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/32431958@N07]
    Paul, this one’s WW2. I believe there were some earlier hangars at Elsham which would have been behind this one, sadly long gone now.

  24. Ian D B says:

    Thanks everyone.

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pasujoba44] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/highy]
    Sorry Paul, never replied to your query but Al has done it better than I could have.

  25. SolarScot. says:

    grand stuff Ian,Neal and i ,well mostly Neal ! been digging up some interesting stuff we till tell you soon,have a fab weekend mate

  26. Ian D B says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/solarscot]
    Sounds interesting, I shall keep my eyes peeled!
    You have a good un too John, big up to Neal.

  27. martin.jordan says:

    Love it.

  28. Gizzardtreedude says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/maycontaintracesofnuts] So glad to be of assistance Ian 🙂

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