Cycle shed, Perton Airfield

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Description:A view of a derelict building on the former Perton Airfield site, near Smith's Rough. It is believed to have been a bicycle shed for airfield personnel. In the 1980s it was known as 'Seven Jails' to the children who played here. It has since been demolished.

Perton Airfield was constructed in 1940 as a Royal Air Force Relief Landing Ground. Later during the Second World War the Princess Irene Brigade of the Dutch Army trained here. In 1947 RAF Perton was given to the Agricultural Land Commission with the Dutch camp becoming a refugee camp for Poles, Latvians and Lithuanians until 1950 when it was converted to housing and occupied until 1962. From 1972 a huge new housing estate was built on the airfield site, now with a population of around 12,000.

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Source: Mr Gurvinder Khosa

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