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PLANE SAILING: Book explores Stanmore and Edgware’s exciting links with aviation industry

 Published on: 16th January 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Stanmore and Edgware’s associations with the world of aviation are detailed in local resident Mark Amies’ book, Flying up the Edgware Road.

Mark spoke to Stanmore&EdgwareNews and said: “Although the book covers the aircraft manufacturing industry that was found along the A5 Edgware Road, from Kilburn to Edgware, there were some specific points of interest in both Stanmore and Edgware.

“The foundation of the Hendon Aerodrome in 1910 was seen as the catalyst for the proliferation of aircraft factories before, during and just after the First World War. That aerodrome was finally closed in the late 1960s, and the Grahame Park Estate covers most of it now.

“Hendon was the magnet for aircraft makers to prove their machines. One of those companies was Handley Page, who had their factory in Cricklewood, and the owner, Frederick Handley Page, had his home at The Elms on Warren Road, Stanmore.

“Another was de Havilland, who had their first factory and airfield at Stag Lane, which at the time, (1920-34) was referred to as being in Edgware. The owner of that company, Geoffrey de Havilland, lived at The White House on London Road, Stanmore. In addition, de Havilland had a small factory making jet engines from the 1940s to the 1950s at Stonegrove.”

Flying Up The Edgware Road is available from all good bookshops and book-selling websites.

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