Hoe and Worthing Archive: The Airfield 



Swanton Morley airfield was built in 1940 and was the base for a squadron of Blenheim bombers until 1941. It kept its grass runways until closed by the RAF in 1995. A large part of the airfield is in Worthing and the site retains some of its structures including a hangar and three Pickett-Hamilton forts which are scheduled monuments.

Three Pickett-Hamilton forts.
airfield aerial

A road running south-east from Worthing church to Swanton Morley was closed when the airfield was built and its track is visible here crossing the runways.

[Copyright Norfolk County Council; photo by RAF 30 March 1946]

road closure     The road closures were
     made permanent in 1947.

More details of the airfield and its history can be found on the Norfolk Heritage Explorer website at:


(The topographical index to the
Norfolk Heritage Explorer website is confusing as it refers to Worthing entries as being in Hoe, that being the shortened name of the joint civil parish. To find Worthing entries, search Hoe.)