Bericot Green


This is a shot of the disused Panshanger Aerodrome, a World War II training base and later a flying school. From the Ordnance Survey, it looks as if the airfield swallowed up much of Bericot Green although there are some scruffy light industrial buildings at the top of Moneyhole Lane off the B1000 from Welwyn to Hertford. They might stand on the site of an original farmstead.

The footpath across the fields to the north and east of the airfield perimeter offer a view over the Mimram valley where Archers Green and Poplars Green (see previous posts) lie, and the big house at Malden Hill beyond. The fields were growing nothing but thistles when we walked through, raising the suspicion that someone has the whole area earmarked for development. One attempt to build over the aerodrome was fought off in 2016 but developers rarely give up.

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