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RAF Netheravon

Coordinates: 51°14′20″N 1°47′02″W / 51.239°N 1.784°W / 51.239; -1.784

Netheravon
Wiltshire
Population 1,064 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SU1448
Civil parish Netheravon
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Salisbury
Postcode district SP4
Dialling code 01980
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Devizes
List of places
UK
England
Wiltshire

Netheravon is a village and civil parish on the River Avon and A345 road, about 4 miles (6.4 km) north of the town of Amesbury in Wiltshire, South West England.

Notable people

The writer Frank Sawyer (1906-1980), although born in Bulford, spent most of his life in Netheravon as a river keeper on the Avon and died on the banks of the river near the parish church. He developed the Pheasant Tail Nymph for fly fishing and wrote the books Keeper of the Stream and Nymphs and the Trout.[2]

Netheravon airfield

The airfield was first used before the First World War, initially for balloon operations. Aircraft were flown by the Royal Flying Corps, also before the First World War. The RFC became the Royal Air Force in 1918. In the Second World War the airfield was RAF Netheravon and was home to 296 and 297 squadrons.

The airfield is claimed to be the longest continuously operated airfield in the world and is now operated by 7 Regt AAC(V) of the Army Air Corps as AAC Netheravon.

The camp is also used as a parachute centre, on weekdays for the Joint Service Parachute Centre (JSPC) and at the weekends for the Army Parachute Association (APA).

Netheravon Dovecote

The Netheravon Dovecote (at 51°14′05″N 1°47′29″W / 51.23467°N 1.79135°W / 51.23467; -1.79135) is a dovecote containing over 700 dove boxes which was built in the 1700s.

References

Location

Position: SU1448

See also

External links

  • A Church Near You: Netheravon All Saints
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