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Shortstown Heritage

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Our next event - a Shortstown Reunion to be held on Saturday November 11th 2017. If you lived in Shortstown and are interested in attending go to the Reunion page in the Centenary News section.


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.

Liz at school 5

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

Eustace Short
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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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