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Report - Former Speke Airport - Speke - March 2014

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Will Knot, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. Will Knot

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    The Explore............

    To finish off the day of explores after another local account, both Telf and I visited the 'Old' Liverpool John Lennon Airport at Speke.

    A Bit of History............

    Built in part of the grounds of Speke Hall, Liverpool (Speke) Airport, as the airport was originally known, started scheduled flights in 1930 with a service by Imperial Airways via Barton Aerodrome near Eccles, Manchester and Castle Bromwich Aerodrome Birmingham to Croydon Airport near London. The airport was officially opened in mid-1933. By the late 1930s, air traffic from Liverpool was beginning to take off with increasing demand for Irish Sea crossings, and a distinctive passenger terminal, control tower and two large aircraft hangars were built. During World War II, the airport was taken over by the Royal Air Force and known as RAF Speke.

    The original terminal building dating from the late 1930s, famously seen on early television footage with its terraces packed with Beatles fans, was left derelict for over a decade after being replaced in 1986. It was renovated and adapted to become a hotel, opened for business in 2001, preserving its Grade II listed Art Deco style. It was part of the Marriott chain of hotels, but is currently the Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel after a renovation in August 2008. The former apron of the terminal is also listed and retained in its original condition, although it is no longer connected to the airport or subject to airside access control.

    It is the home of several aircraft, so on with the pics.............:cool

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    Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoyed the report.....I Will Knot :thumb
     
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  2. Telf

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    Re: Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel - Speke - March 2014

    Cool stuff m8.
     
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    Re: Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel - Speke - March 2014

    Good stuff mate.

    I went to a few Creamfields festivals on Speke airfield; many moons ago
    Too old for it now!
     
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    Re: Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel - Speke - March 2014

    I did a skid car control course here a few years ago, surprised you could walk around so freely. If I owned one of them planes I'd be pissed, No Secca?
     
  5. Will Knot

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    Re: Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel - Speke - March 2014

    Skid car MSP! Planning a get away job? lol :D Hey mate, you know what it's like :rolleyes:.........it was just a walk in with a few obstacles!!! :thumb
     
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    Re: Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel - Speke - March 2014

    I used to be a director of one, we had a directors day. Awesome you should do it if you've not done already
     
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    Re: Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel - Speke - March 2014

    This is awesome mate, wicked find :thumb
     
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    Re: Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel - Speke - March 2014

    awesome pics
     
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    Re: Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel - Speke - March 2014

    Cracking pics, this is the Speke aerodrome, the views are good at night
     
  10. Will Knot

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    Re: Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel - Speke - March 2014

    I bet they are....i'll have to take a peek some time ;)
     
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    I like this very nice, some cool planes as well.
     
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    Nice set of shots here mate, cheers for posting :thumb
     
  13. Will Knot

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    Thanks for the nice comments guys :)
     
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    Awesome report. Gotta see that place when I am up in Liverpool :)
     
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