RAF Fairford, 1944 – A Most Momentous Year

by Brian E Routledge
(FHS Monograph No 2)RAF

Published by Fairford History Society. 2007
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RAF Fairford had a fairly brief life as an operational World War Two airfield, being active only for about eight months. However, during this time, it played its part in one of the most critical days of the entire war – D-Day, and what has subsequently been called a magnificent failure – Arnhem.

OP 3: Valentine Strong – Cotswold Stonemason

by Chris Hobson

(FHS Occasional Paper No 3)

Published by Fairford History Society. December 2006

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Valentine Strong was a well-known Cotswold stonemason who built Andrew Barker’s Fairford Park mansion house and was the father of Thomas and Edward Strong, Sir Christopher Wren’s master masons in the rebuilding of St Paul’s Cathedral following the Great Fire of London. Valentine Strong died in Fairford in 1662 and is buried under an impressive bale tomb in St Mary’s churchyard.