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Shortstown Heritage

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Welcome to the Shortstown Heritage website. This site was set up in 2009 to celebrate our extraordinary past. Shortstown near Bedford was built in 1917 by the Short brothers to house workers on their airships originally intended to be used in the First World War. Following the end of the airship age the village then housed staff supporting RAF Cardington built on the old airship site.


Coming in May 2017

Two new pages in the Centenary Events section - see details of the Fun Day planned for June 24th.

And see details of the centenary bench planned for our playimg field and the new group behind the project - Shortstown Traders.

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24th January 2017 - our first Centenary Event! Liz Walker a great great niece of Eustace and Oswald Short visits our school and presents each child with a Centenary mug. For more photos and the full story visit our School Presentation page in the Centenary News section.

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Liz Walker recounting stories of the Short brothers to pupils at Shortstown Primary School.

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Founders of Shortstown 1917 - Eustace (left) and Oswald Short. Read all about them in our Shorts era section.

Shorts Building
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The Shorts Building built in 1917

Built 1915-1917 Shed no 1

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RAF Cardington played a huge role in our history. The knowledge and experience gained through the airship years was not lost and research continued in balloon development. In 1936 the site became RAF Cardington.
For more about RAF Cardington visit the RAF section in this website for background information or visit our sister site www.rafcardingtoncamp.co.uk for more in-depth research.

1930 The R101 Airship - many of the crew and design staff lived in Shortstown.

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