MHG38954 - Wick Airport

Summary

Early C20 airfield

Type and Period (1)

  • PILLBOX (Undated)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

ND35SE 103 Centred 360 525

See also Redfern, "20th Century fortifications in the UK" vol IV.
A M Fox, Highland Council, 12.12.01.

According to Guy (pers comm, DoBritain Project Conference 24.11.01) there is an unusual Pickett-Hamilton pillbox at Wick airfield.
A M Fox, Highland Council, 26.11.01

J A Guy, 20th Century Defences, (report nos. 1, 8 & 11)

An unusual feature of Wick is that the tower and most technical buildings are made largely of timber.
B Quarrie 1987

RAF Wick was built on land adjoining pre-war civil aerodrome at Hillhead Farm. Traditional grass surface of time rapidly became a quagmire and there was a rush to lay down tarmac runways at the beginning of war. Four massive 'C1' hangars were built, in retrospect a mistake as it made the airfield a very visible target. A decoy airfield was set up on a peat bog at Sarclet to S.
The tower survives as do two dilapidated 'C1' hangars (out of four), which in 1981 were full of steel pipes. Most of station offices and technical buldings are still standing, neglected but yet derelict.
D J Smith 1983

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred ND 360 524 (10m by 10m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND35SE
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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