Shoreham Airport

Historic Buildings

Title: Shoreham Airport
Description: Opened in 1936, the art-deco terminal building is now one of the major centres for flying activities on the South Coast. As the oldest established airport in the UK, Shoreham Airport offers everything for a great day out including guided tours, a bar and restaurant and even trial flying lessons.

Address: Shoreham Airport, , Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex
Post Code: BN43 5FF

Further Information:
Opened on 13th June 1936 by the Mayors of Brighton, Hove and Worthing, Shoreham Airport Terminal Building has served some of the worlds largest airlines.

During the Second World War, operators based at London (Croydon) Airport (such as Sabena, KLM and the predecessor of British Airways) moved their operations to Shoreham. Routes flown at that time included Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Malmo, Brussels, Paris and the Channel Islands.

Designed by Stavers Hessell Tiltman and built by James Bodle Ltd, construction of the art-deco terminal building began in October 1934 on a disused World War I airfield, which had previously been used for grazing.

Constructed on a reinforced concrete raft, a steel frame and with brick and concrete external walls, this Grade II listed building still conveys the air of a more leisurely era of travel. With many original fixtures, such as the Whispering Gallery on the first floor and the window design above the main entrance, the building gives an insight into air travel in the 1930's.

Still very much in use today, Shoreham Airport has many companies dedicated to flight training, a fully licensed bar and restaurant, a D-Day museum, a visitor centre and even the opportunity to take part in a guided tour of the airport.