EPW022358 ENGLAND (1928). Hainault Farm and the Hainault Tarpaulin Works, Hainault, 1928

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Title [EPW022358] Hainault Farm and the Hainault Tarpaulin Works, Hainault, 1928
Reference EPW022358
Date August-1928
Place name HAINAULT
Easting / Northing 546603, 190584
Longitude / Latitude 0.11674131292941, 51.594527849991
National Grid Reference TQ466906


Cottages still present today. There is a plaque on the south wall VR 1855.

Thursday 30th of August 2012 10:39:58 AM
Cottages still present today.

Thursday 30th of August 2012 10:35:17 AM

Thursday 30th of August 2012 10:32:13 AM

Tuesday 31st of July 2012 11:04:12 AM
drainage ditch

Wednesday 18th of July 2012 03:57:14 PM
this is SO flat it could only be Lincolnshire/South Kesteven fens

Wednesday 18th of July 2012 03:54:28 PM
The photo doesn't show a large enough area to assume the whole region is flat. There are level areas as big as this on Salisbury Plain, my first thought was that this is Larkhill. Probably not.

Tiny Tim
Saturday 21st of July 2012 02:47:59 PM
Stables with gallops to the upper right?

Monday 16th of July 2012 11:51:55 AM
rather a lot of tracks emanating from this point?

Eton Slaphead
Monday 9th of July 2012 09:25:42 PM
I agree. I've also looked for a windsock, but couldn't find one (it would make quite a roomy airfield).

Sunday 15th of July 2012 05:10:24 AM

User Comment Contributions

A close up aerial photograph of what had been Hainault Farm Aerodrome, Hangars and associated buildings when owned by John Smith & Company as their Hainault Works.

Henry J Foxwood
Friday 25th of July 2014 04:31:51 PM
No. 44 Sqn. (Home Defense) was formed at Hainault Farm and remained there for the duration of first World War.

Lynda Tubbs
Tuesday 1st of April 2014 03:19:38 PM
I agree this is definitely the old RFC/RAF Hainault Farm Aerodrome. Sopwith Camels were based there to intercept the German Gotha bombers raiding London. It was closed as an active airfield after the end of the 1st WW in 1919. Soon after this the aerodrome buildings were purchased by by John Smith & Co Ltd of Shaftesbury Avenue, as their new Hainault Works. Hence there aren't any windsocks or any other identification of an active airfield. The airfield land reverted to farm land after the airfield closed. John Smith's manufactured tents, tarpaulins, marquees, aircraft hangars and other heavy textile products.

Henry J Foxwood
Tuesday 1st of April 2014 03:17:02 PM
Read the Government assessment of Hainault Farm:


Lynda Tubbs
Tuesday 1st of April 2014 03:17:02 PM
It was not an airfield during WW2. It continued as the John Smith & Co factory becoming part of the Black & Edgington Group in about the 1960s. A new airfield RAF Fairlop with hard runways and perimeter track was built nearby during WW2.

Henry J Foxwood
Thursday 6th of December 2012 08:25:24 PM
It was still in use in ww2

Wednesday 28th of November 2012 05:13:43 PM
Hainault Farm,Hainault Rd,not sure of postal town,but NE of Aldborough Hatch,Essex.This was the site of Chigwell airfield in WW2.

Wednesday 24th of October 2012 09:42:44 AM
I can confirm that I have checked this out and it is Hainault Farm, Romford. Some of the cottages are still present today.

Thursday 30th of August 2012 10:43:44 AM
Hi martyk, another great "spot", thanks. We'll update the catalogue and post the new location information here in due course. Great job.

Yours, Katy

Britain from Above Cataloguing Team Leader

Katy Whitaker
Wednesday 24th of October 2012 09:42:44 AM
Definitely Hainault Farm at Ilford/Chigwell, a World War I airfield

Thursday 11th of October 2012 12:24:35 PM
This is a view looking north-east over Hainault Farm in Hainault Road, Ilford, Essex (in the London Borough of Redbridge). The land, and some of the buildings, on the far side of the road, north-east of the farm, were part of the Royal Flying Corps Hainault Farm aerodrome in the First World War. Hainault Road itself is not a Roman road, but dates from the mid 1850s, like the farm, when much of Hainault Forest was disafforested and turned over to agriculture. Several long straight roads now bisect the area of the former forest.

Alan S
Thursday 6th of September 2012 05:35:34 PM