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Brief description of site

Kenley Airfield is the best preserved RAF airfield of its period; 10 of its 12 'fighter pens' or Blast Bays remain in the Croydon section of the site. Although the core remains in Ministry of Defence ownership, substantial areas on the perimeter were transferred back to the Corporation and public access restored to the outer areas of the airfield.

Brief history of site

The land was part of Kenley Common, preserved in 1883 through acquisition by the Corporation of London. It was taken for the airfield in 1917 under the Defence of the Realm Act. After WWI the airfield was upgraded for the new RAF and later became an important facility during WWII. It remained an operational airfield until 1978.

Location information:

Address: Hayes Lane, Kenley, CR8 5AW

Locality: Greater London

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Croydon

Historical County: Surrey

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176/177 Grid Ref: TQ328577
Latitude: 51.3029 Longitude: -0.0963754


Rail: Whyteleafe, Whyteleafe South

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is only partially open to the public.

Key information:

Form of site: designed urban space

Purpose of site: Defence

Context or principal building: military airfield site

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

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