Discover the story of remarkable preservation at Stow Maries

Purleigh, Essex

Transport yourself back in time with a visit to the most complete, almost unaltered, example of a First World War Aerodrome.

Transport yourself back in time with a visit to the most complete, almost unaltered, example of a First World War Aerodrome, with over 20 original buildings still standing - a hidden gem in the heart of the Essex countryside.

Established in 1916 as a home defence station against Zeppelin and German aeroplane raids, it was the base for 37 (Home Defence) Squadron, Royal Flying Corps (part of the eastern aerial defence of London). Abandoned in 1919, the site reverted to agricultural use before changing hands in 2008; in December 2013 it was acquired by Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, a Charitable Trust.

Open to the public 10.00am - 5.00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and welcoming pre-booked group visits on any day except Tuesdays. Two museums; period aircraft; café and shop. There are also ‘fly ins’ giving the opportunity to see these wonderful bi-planes in flight. In addition to its historical significance the site is a haven for wildlife and has featured in the BBC's programmes Springwatch, Winterwatch and The Great British Year.

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For more local tourist information:

  • Maldon District Tourist Information Centre
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  • Contact Details 01621 856503

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