RAF Upper Heyford : the Inter-war Airfield

The complex of buildings developed by the RAF in the 1920s and 1930s at the Upper Heyford airfield was substantially modified between the 1960s and the early 1990s. It does not have the national and international heritage significance of the Cold War airfield to the north, but still has buildings, a site layout and tree cover of importance.

ACTA carried out a systematic analysis of the character of the area and the contribution that individual buildings make to it. The extent of post-war modifications was defined and detailed comparisons were made with the very similar, but better-preserved buildings at RAF Bicester. Individual buildings of merit and those with group value were described and the study was one of the principal documents used by the local authority to support the designation of a conservation area.

Client Cherwell District Council

Many of the larger buildings such as the NCO quarters shown here have been altered but retain something of their original character.

The main route through the site can become a pleasant avenue once the ad hoc barriers and clutter of buildings of low significance are removed.