Gates set to open onto an exciting anniversary year

New gates that once stood proudly at Biggin Hill will soon be equally proudly welcoming visitors to the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne.

Work is continuing on installing the gates at the site entrance, where they will be unveiled in 2020 as part of celebrations to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Folkestone architectural practice Godden Allen Lawn has supervised the restoration and installation of the historic gates, which have been fixed to smart new brick piers either side of the entrance to the Memorial’s clifftop home. They have replaced a less-than impressive set of farm gates that previously stood at the entrance.

Access to the site will continue to be available 24 hours a day via a side pedestrian gate, but cars will receive a much more impressive – and historic – welcome than they have enjoyed to date. Site manager Jules Gomez took the latest pictures of this ‘work in progress’.

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2 thoughts on “Gates set to open onto an exciting anniversary year

    Hi. To everyone!
    They look Suberbly Stunning & Wonderful.
    I’ve not been down there’s since before the ‘Wing’ was completed, however l must make a point of popping down when the weather gets warmer, [a pensioner
    now.l’m 74 in April!] as not far away in ‘Medway’

    I was @ Biggin hill from Jan ’70’ to mid ’72’ before remustering from steward to driver for my remaining service till April ’79’ @ demob! 15years in total.

    However memory is getting ‘foggy’ l can’t remember ever seeing any gates only a barrier @ the gardroom, or did l walk past them, without taking any notice, unless they were elsewhere on the site, maybe the HQ. Compound @ Walters Ash. The Aircrew Selection Centre, or the Officers Mess up the road towards the village/
    town.
    Please could someone refresh my memory?

    The RAF gates that are about to be erected at the National Memorial to the Few were donated to the Trust by the (now defunct) Biggin Hill Battle of Britain Supporters Club after their proposed Museum did not come to fruition. The information passed to the Trust with the gates, which was originally passed to the Supporters Club by the RAF Officer responsible for the transfer of the gates to them, was that they were post-war gates that once hung on the Station HQ entrance to Biggin Hill. They were not the Chapel gates which, as far as the Trust is aware, are still in situ.
    In donating the gates to the Trust the Supporters Club expressed the view that there was no more appropriate place for them to hang than the National Memorial when they will also be re-united with the Yardarm from Biggin Hill.

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