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Shoreham airport

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Shoreham airport

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Shoreham airport

The airport at Shoreham may not be everybody’s first-choice departure point for foreign climes (although you can fly to Paris from there), but its place in England’s aviation history is assured. For Shoreham was the first commercial airport – or aerodrome, as we called them then – in the country, established in 1911.

Its crowning glory is the terminal building, an Art Deco masterpiece dating from 1936, when it was officially opened jointly by the mayors of Brighton, Hove and Worthing. The intention was that it would serve the south coast, sparing Sussex residents, until the 1950s anyway, the bother of a trip to Gatwick.

With a Whispering Gallery mimicking the acoustical effect of the one in St Paul’s Cathedral on the first floor, a good Visitor Centre, and even the offer of flying lessons, Shoreham deserves a visit. And when you’re standing in a mile-long check-in queue at Gatwick in the swelter of August, that will suddenly seem like a great idea.


Your comments

Shoreham airport was the first commercial airport in Britain, and is noted for its original art deco terminal which has been well used as a location for film and tv productions, having been used for Poirot amongst other shows.

Martin Horner



My nomination is the garden shed.