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Watersports Hangar (Calshot Former Rnas Station Circa 250 Metres West of Castle), Fawley

Description: Watersports Hangar (Calshot Former Rnas Station Circa 250 Metres West of Castle)

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 8 April 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 143502

OS Grid Reference: SU4872202427
OS Grid Coordinates: 448722, 102427
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8193, -1.3097

Location: Forest Edge, Fawley, Hampshire SO45 1FN

Locality: Fawley
Local Authority: New Forest District Council
County: Hampshire
Country: England
Postcode: SO45 1FN

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Listing Text

13/31 Canoe Hangar (Calshot former RNAS
Station c160 metres west of Castle

The grade shall be amended to II*

The entry shall be amended to read:-

1860-/13/31 Watersports Hangar (Calshot former RNAS
08/04/88 Station c250 metres west of Castle)

Watersports hangar, former flying boat hangar. 1914 or possibly earlier. Timber-framed, with corrugated
metal cladding and pitched and felted wooden roof. 10 bay rectangular plan, covering area of approx
720 square metres. Sliding wooden doors to west, those to east having an unusual surviving set of
wooden "roll-up" wooden slat doors. Single storey outshut to north. Range of 5 lights to south.
Interior: wooden lattice braced "bowstring" roof trusses.
Historical Note: A unique surviving example of this type of hangar, later hangars of the WW1 period
having 100ft spans rather than 80ft span of this important early example, the earliest known example
of its type: it was probably built to accommodate the modestly-sized Sopwith Bat Boat, used at Calshot
from 1913. Part of an outstanding group of 1914-18 aircraft hangars which illustrate the development
of aircraft technology during the World War 1 period: see Main Hangar (qv). Its design is said to be
associated with Barnes Wallis, although there is no firm evidence for this: Wallis was employed on
airship design work by Vickers Ltd before WW1. Associated with the famous Schneider Trophy
seaplane contests held at Calshot in 1929 and 1931.

Listing NGR: SU4551803243

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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