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Anthorn (Cardurnock) (Solway House)


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The transmitter site which has existed since the 1960s is phenomenally important on so many levels to everyday British life. Just one example is how the precise time is dictated from here: when you listen to the time ‘pips’ before major news bulletins on Radio 4, these sounds are coming from Anthorn and have done so since April 2007, courtesy of the National Physical Laboratory.

Also known as: HMS Nuthatch / RAF Anthorn / RNAS Anthorn
County: Cumbria
Current Status: Housing / Military aerial site
Date: February 1918 (earliest known date) - November 1959
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / FAA
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved, later paved (1944)
Aircraft Roles: Naval aviation

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/07/2013):

  • Bowness-on-Solway Parish Council
  • National Physical Laboratory

Notable Past Associated Organisations:

  • VT Communications

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 1 Aircraft Receipt and Dispatch Unit

  • No 3 Ferry Flight

  • No 772 Sqn

  • No 801 Sqn

  • No 802 Sqn

  • No 807 Sqn

  • No 812 Sqn

  • No 813 Sqn

  • No 824 Sqn

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A crew gathering at Anthorn, unknown date. Courtesy of Gordon Akitt.

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A group of armourers at Anthorn, unknown date. Courtesy of Gordon Akitt.

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The control tower at Anthorn in 1945. Courtesy of Gordon Akitt.

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Test pilots with a Supermarine Seafire at Anthorn, 1945. Courtesy of Gordon Akitt.

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Possible former oxygen store, 2005. Courtesy of Gordon Akitt.

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One of five test firing butts at Anthorn, 2005. Courtesy of Gordon Akitt.


Remains of the airfield at Anthorn, 2005. Courtesy of Gordon Akitt.

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Radio masts at Anthorn, 2005. Courtesy of Gordon Akitt.

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Radio masts at Anthorn, 2005. Courtesy of Gordon Akitt.


Plan of Anthorn, c. late 1940s. © Royal Navy Research Archive. Click here for more information.

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