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    Posted: 07 Sep 2009 at 11:32
Dear Members,
The following has been a puzzle for a very long time. A son-in-law is manager of a farm which lies either side of the Fosse Way, to the north east of Cirencester.  The field plan for the farm, has a field named as "Aero Field".  MR 048058.  An OS map, dated 1920, has the area clearly marked as 'Aerodrome'.  With this dating it may be thought reasonable that the marking refers to an aerodrome existing during WW1.  The ownership goes back within the same family well before the date, but the present owner has no knowledge.  Peter Wright was approached in his position as archivist for Rendcombe, which is a few minutes flying time to the north west.  He had no knowledge.  A gentleman who served at South Cerney in the late 30s had no knowledge. An aerial view of the land forming the aerodrome, is on the following website - http://www.content-delivery.co.uk/aviation/airfields/.  The aerodrome was the two fields coming down from the topmost point of the Welsh Way.  The lower field was harvested two weeks ago, and the shape has changed slightly from the 1920s OS, as has the addition of the hedge seperating the two fields.  I have contacted the web site asking for the source of their information, but never received a reply.  This is not where Gustav Hamel flew from when he made a demonstration visit to Cirencester.  Any thoughts, sources or information appreciated. Best wishes, Peter Donovan.
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Peter, There was an AA Landing Ground two miles out of Cirencester alongside the east side of the A417, possibly used by the Cotswold Aero Club as an 'away' landing site.  Field owner was a Mrs T Price.
 
This comes from the booklet 'Peaceful Fields', Vol 1 by J F Hamlin.  Possibly available via Air-Britain?
 
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Peter, Thank-you for your reply, but as you know the original route of what is now the A417 is a good distance away from this aerodrome.  I know the OS do make mistakes, but with the field name as well, in this case, they are almost certainly correct.  It may be whoever controls the web site I mentioned, received the information purely based on the OS entry. Someone knows the source, but as stated I cannot get a reply.  This is a genuine puzzle. Best wishes, Peter Donovan.
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Dear Members, Last Saturday I had a long conversation with a man, who as a child had a relative farming on Abbey Home Farm land.  He remembers clearly, the years between 1925-1930, and has no recollection at all of aeroplanes being over the farm.  A part of the farm where he was regularly, is just one field away from Aerofield.  If the location is genuine, there must be a strong outside chance, that this location could date back to WW1? Best wishes, Peter Donovan.
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Peter,  I still reckon that your 'Aerofield' was an away landing ground for machines from Rencombe. The skies around the latter must have been over-busy at times, with training aircraft and many training airfields had landing grounds away from the main site.
 
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