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DO YOU REMEMBER: The dying days of Leavesden Aerodrome

 Published on: 28th May 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

This photo is from 1989 and shows one of the hangars at Leavesden Aerodrome.

Constructed in 1940 by the de Havilland Aircraft Company, the site was used as a testing ground and storage space for the Mosquito and Handley Page Halifax bombers. By the end of the Second World War, it was the largest factory by volume in the world.

Following the war, the aerodrome had a series of different owners before being bought by Rolls-Royce, who used it as a factory for helicopter engines and as a small commercial airfield.

However, as the British manufacturing industry went into decline in the 1990s, so did the airfield. It was eventually abandoned in 1994.

The hangar depicted in this photo no longer exists, having been demolished to make way for Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.

Do you have any historical photos of the aerodrome or film studios? If so, please send them to and they could feature in a future article.

Photo Credit: Martin Addison

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1 Comment

  1. Jenny Goddard May 28th, 2023, 11:08 am

    My mother in law worked at the Havillandshe was a rivveta and also hubby and I know a lot of people who word there when it was Rolls Royce, we also had in laws Golden ? Anniversary at the social club have lots of lovely memories ?. My sister Sally took me to my first air show there of which I truly enjoyed how I wish it was still there instead of all this Warner Brothers stuff

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