Discovering Sheffield’s Apperknowle Airfield

apperknowle airfield sheffield  Discovering Sheffield’s Apperknowle Airfield(Image: Neil Theasby, cc-sa-3.0)

Being born and brought-up in the UK city of Sheffield, and maintaining an active interest in aviation and local history throughout my life, I was surprised to discover a small airfield on the outskirts of the city that I’d never heard of before.

The small grass airstrip at Apperknowle once belonged to British Steel (Sheffield was once a global leader in steel production) and features several small hangars reportedly built during the 1980s.

apperknowle airfield sheffield 2  Discovering Sheffield’s Apperknowle Airfield

apperknowle airfield sheffield 3  Discovering Sheffield’s Apperknowle Airfield(Images: Google Earth)

But what’s interesting is the older blister hangar, which looks similar to pre-fab wartime constructions that housed fighter aircraft such as Spitfires and Hurricanes. Nearby are what look like old Nissen huts.

Was Apperknowle airfield ever a small miliary base, or were these buildings simply brought to the site after falling into disuse elsewhere? If you have any further information, please leave a comment below.

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