RAFĀ Cardington Camp

Modern Times

Shorts Building 2

The refurbished Shorts Building - now a mix of community rooms and apartments

The two sheds

The two sheds still going strong!

People new to the area today would probably not even be aware that there was ever an RAF base here. The Shorts Building above now beautifully restored and the two huge sheds are the only reminders of the past. New apartments and houses now stand on the old buildings that have housed thousands of young men over the years.

Below is a new map of Shortstown which shows the new roads that have sprung up in the last four years. Thanks must go to Allen Campbell a former resident of Shortstown who put this map together.
At present almost all of the new roads have been named after people connected to the airship era but it is hoped any future roads will carry RAF related names.

shorts and school Oct 26

The new Shortstown Lower School (shown above) adjacent to The Shorts Building was opened in September 2013.

New map of Shortstown jpeg


New Street Names

Below is a brief summary of some of the new streets built on the old site of RAF Cardington in Shortstown. These are shown in the map above on the same side as the sheds behind The Shorts Building and our new school.

Directly behind The Shorts Building, Beauvais Square consists of a large car park, a small childrens play area and a large seating area. Beauvais Square is named after the town in France near to the spot where the R101 airship crashed.

Beauvais Square

Carmichael Drive is named after Flt Lieut Herbert Carmichael Irwin the Captain of the R101 airship.

Carmichael Drive
Eustace Short

Eustace Short

Oswald ShortSM
Oswald Close
Eustace Close
Horace Close

These closes are named after the Short Brothers who founded Shortstown and built the first airships here - (the R31, R32 and the R38). Of course now the brothers are more renowned for their aircraft.

Oswald Short

Tempest Crescent is named after The Tempest, the ship that brought back the bodies of the men killed in the R101 crash in France.

Tempest Crescent

Chamberlain Way is named after Geoffrey Chamberlain the Bedford author of Airships Cardington, a history of airships built at Cardington over the years.

Chamberlain Way

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