The Hooton Park Trust (HPT) was formed in 2000 with the aim of forming a Trust to oversee and manage the restoration of the remaining WW1 hangars on the former RAF airfield at Hooton Park, Cheshire. The long term aim is to provide a multifunctional site, as well as restoring the buildings & the site itself as valuable historic artefacts in their own right. The buildings will then provide the perfect environment for the projects and initiatives that are planned.
Much still remains of the Hooton Park airfield and its buildings. Three original, Belfast-trussed, hangars dominate the landscape, surrounded by the original access roads, taxiways, and numerous outbuildings and offices, all steeped in the colourful history of this one-time Royal Air Force airbase.
Some of the runway also exists. All manner of aircraft types have operated from this aerodrome, for example Austers of the Army Air Training Corps, Supermarine Spitfires of 610 Sqdn, and, during the postwar years, classic jets such as Gloster Meteors, De Havilland Vampires, Venoms and much much more.
There are numerous projects on-going at Hooton Park. Alongside the on-going restoration of the buildings themselves, associated groups and individuals are progressing with their own restoration projects.
The Aeroplane Collections current projects include; a Parker CA-4, a Miles Gemini and a Miles Messenger. Hooton Park is also home to Griffin Trusts varied collection of classic commercial vehicles, which include Austin, Dodge and Thames Trader.
With the vital assistance afforded by the associated groups and volunteers involved with the resurrection of Hooton Park (and hopefully not forgetting the National Lottery), the aim of making this former RAF airfield come alive once again will be realised.
Special mention must also go to Vauxhall Motors who have been very supportive in getting The Hooton Park Trust off the ground.
Getting to Hooton Park couldn't be easier - it is situated just off the M53 motorway (Junction 6), very close to the "Cheshire Oaks" shopping complex in Ellesmere Port, nr Liverpool. Nearby attractions also include The Boat Museum and, of course, the Beatles museum in Liverpool itself.
Check out the Events page for details of open days or other exciting things that are happening at Hooton Park in the near future.