This page is a work in progress and will be filled out with a more detailed history and photos when time permits. Many of the photos below have been kindly supplied by the RAF Museum and they have given us permission to display them here. Please do not share these photos elsewhere without permission from the Museum.
Cricklewood and Clitterhouse Farm have a rich aeronautical history. Clitterhouse Farm Project are working with the Royal Airforce Museum at Hendon to highlight and celebrate this important period of our area’s history.
HANDLEY PAGE COMES BACK HOME TO CRICKLEWOOD, March 2016, Whitefield School, NW2.
The Farm Team hosted a history event in March 2016 to celebrate Cricklewood’s aeronautical history, focussing on Handley Page in particular. We had fascinating presentations from author Rob Langham, Peter Elliot, former Head of Archives at the RAF Museum at Hendon; Peter Hart, oral historian from the Imperial War Museum and Mary Bennett, local resident with childhood memories of Cricklewood Aerodrome. This event was kindly support supported by The Barnet Area Committee.
Handley Page was an innovative aircraft design and manufacturing company based in Cricklewood between 1912 and the early 1960s. It is also associated with the start of civil aviation between 1919 and 1929 at Cricklewood Aerodrome, which is now the Golders Green Estate. Some of the first flights between London and Paris flew out from Cricklewood Aerodrome right next to Clitterhouse Farm.
Images below courtesy of Rob Langham, author of Bloody Paralyser: The Giant Handley Page Bombers of the First World War