Control Tower

WWII Watch Office stands in the centre of the northern side of the main runway industrial heritage. The majority of these types of buildings on airfields have been removed.

Latter known as a Control Tower, the visual control room [VCR] was added to bring it in line with air traffic control – steel framed clad with anti-glare glass. Precast concrete stair internally.

Designed by the architect: Frank H Lambert and has the Dwg No: 12779/41. It is a rare example that includes the latter Air Traffic Control (ATC) to second floor.


1950s Control Tower interior
1951 ControlTower

Dunsfold Control Tower
2016 Dunsfold Control Tower
1986 Dunsfold Control Tower

The monument stands in front of the Watch Office/control tower that is located to the north of the main runway in the centre of the WWII and latter aircraft development industrial sector. A large six sided memorial carved with 3 maple leaves, 3 regimental insignia and an inscription:-

Dunsfold Monument

Opened by Lieutenant AGL McNaughton GOC of First Canadian Army and handed over to Air Marshall H Edwards Air Officer Commanding in Chief RCAE overseas for the use of the royal Canadian Air Force 16 Oct 1942.

These were the Royal Canadian Royal Airforce , Royal Canadian Engineers, Canadian Forestry Corps and First Canadian Army.

Other monuments by the sculptor Stephen Trenka include one at Young Street (Leatherhead Bypass) and at Young Street in Toronto, Canada. (Trenka was a designer of coins including the reverse of the Canadian Dollar).

3 Replies to “Control Tower”

    1. I would guess all equipment was removed after the new tower came into use in mid 1980. In the new tower in early 2011, only the runway edge lights were connected, all other wiring having been destroyed by ‘persons unknown’ after BAE moved out.

      1. Thanks Terry, So my next question is how much of the circle lights infrastructure is left in the numerous fields around the airfield? It would be a big job to have to dig up the stalks and loom that served them all.

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