Defence and ancillary structures at RAF Bicester, Bicester, Launton - Cherwell

The most complete and strongly representative example of an RAF airbase from the interwar expansion, built as a bomber station as part of the 1920s Home Defence Expansion Scheme. It is the scheduled monuments on the airfield site that are at risk from decay and vegetation. These comprise the southern bomb stores (pictured) and defensive structures. The owners are now working with Historic England to address the issues. In 2016 Historic England grant aided four of the defensive structures. A further group had repair works undertaken in 2018. Other areas have yet to be addressed.

Defence and ancillary structures at RAF Bicester, Bicester, Launton - Cherwell
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: RAF Bicester: World War II airfield
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1021455
  • Local Planning Authority: Cherwell
  • Site Type: Defence > Military building

Location

  • Building Name: Defence and ancillary structures at RAF Bicester
  • County: Oxfordshire
  • District / Borough: Cherwell
  • Parish: Launton
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Banbury
  • Region: South East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Vacant/not in use
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: C
  • Ownership: Commercial company
  • Designation: Scheduled Monument, CA

Contact Details

Nicola Lauder 01483 252074

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England