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Abergavenny (Llanfoist)


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This area has long witnessed sporting activity apart from its present use by the Monmouthshire Golf Club. Horse racing frequently occurred in the 19th Century, the National Hunt Chase notably being held here in 1872 instead of at Cheltenham.

Also known as: Monmouthshire Golf Course
County: Monmouthshire
Current Status: Leisure activity
Date: May 1922 - 1920s (probable date); subsequent minor and winch launched gliding use 1932 - 1940s
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF (winch launched gliding use) / Civil (main user) / US Army (minor use)
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: Army aviation (minor use) / General aviation (main role) / Trainer (winch launched gliding use)

Now the site of a golf course, Llanfoist was licensed as a civil airfield in 1922, with joy-riding known to have taken place on Bank Holidays. In 1926 during the General Strike the airfield was again licensed for mail-carrying and local authorities later purchased the land in 1929. Llanfoist was one of five small airfields in the Abergavenny area but Sir Alan Cobham’s 1931 assessment of the suitability of the district for airfield development did not favour any of these sites, Llanfoist specifically being too small. Cobham did however use Racecourse Farm for one of his air displays the following year on 27 August.

In World War Two there was some limited flying, a mixture of Air Training Corps glider activity and US Army Piper L-4 Grasshopper reconnaissance aircraft. An Over Blister hangar used by the Air Training Corps survives today and is currently used as a grounds maintenance equipment store for Monmouthshire Golf Club.


The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/07/2013):

  • Abergavenny Library
  • Abergavenny Local History Society
  • Abergavenny Town Council - name only
  • Llanfoist Fawr Community Council
  • Llanfoist Local History Society
  • Monmouthshire Golf Club

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 61 EGS / W61 EGS
  • No 61 GS
  • National Aviation Day Ltd



The surviving Over Blister hangar at Monmouthshire Golf Course in 2007. © RAY JONES and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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