Historic Alconbury Weald

Alconbury Weald has a rich history that covers hundreds of years of people living, working and enjoying this unique part of Huntingdonshire. From prehistoric through to Bronze Age and Iron Age settlements, in what will be Prestley County Park, to evidence of Roman use along the historic Ermine Street route, the research and archaeology undertaken and planned, will ensure the place’s unique past will also play a key role in shaping the future: so that new residents can engage with the history around them. 

Alongside that Alconbury Weald’s more recent military history, and particularly its intelligence and reconnaissance role throughout the Second World War and Cold War, is designed into the plans, through the layout of parks and squares, and design around the Listed Buildings which commemorate a dynamic history: from the Watch Office, which was the first military building on site in 1940, to the 2 Aircraft Shelters and Avionics Building which are bespoke to Alconbury due to its role as the only permanent UK base for the TR-1 spyplane.

Over the coming months we will be providing additional information about these key heritage areas, but in the meantime, you can enjoy a tour of our very own nuclear bunker in the video below.

Take a tour of 'Magic Mountain', Alconbury Weald's Cold War bunker

Explore Magic Mountain for yourself with our 360 virtual tour

This virtual tour gives an insight into how the bunker was designed and how it was used to process intelligence data collected by the TR1 reconnaissance aircraft, making it one of the UK’s most sophisticated buildings of its kind.

Legacy of the airbase

For over seventy years, RAF Alconbury, like so many sites across East Anglia, played a central part in military operations across Europe.

It was an operational airbase from 1938 to 1995, during which time it came under the control of both the British and American Air Forces. The legacy of that time – hangars, control centres, bunkers and huts – reflect a complex and fascinating history, intertwined with the communities that surround the airfield. Learn more in our PDF download below.

Alconbury Airfield — 70 years of global history on your doorstep

Artwork murial of an aeroplane at the former airbase at Alconbury Weald