The Carew Cheriton Control Tower allows you to discover the aviation and wartime history of south Pembrokeshire. Take a trip back to the 1940s and experience the restored Control Tower building as it would have been during the war years. Don a helmet, take cover, and sing wartime songs in our reconstructed Stanton Air Raid Shelter, now built above ground for easy access by all.
Experience our huge array of exhibits of the era in our museum collection including military uniforms, RAF maps, radio equipment, ration books, Bren gun, Enfield rifle and many, many more… Enjoy the personal testimonies and local stories of the wartime in Carew from two of our very active members now in their 80’s – Both were in secondary school in 1939! And now you can come and see our restoration progress in the newly built hanger on our Avro Anson, Thompson Fuel bowser and Fordson tractor.
About Carew Cheriton Control Tower
The Carew Cheriton Control Tower Group was formed in the spring of 2000 after the landowner approached the Carew Historical Society with the offer of the building on a long-term lease. If this offer had not been taken up this unique wartime structure would have been demolished and lost to future generations
The new group was formed from members of the historical society and other interested people who were keen to see this building on the disused former R.A.F Carew Cheriton airfield restored to its original state. The group consists of 35 members ranging in age from 13 to 80 and covers a variety of trades, which have been very beneficial in the progress of the restoration project.
The Carew Cheriton Control Tower project is based on achieving three main aims:
A lasting memorial to all who served on the airfield through two world wars. And to the airmen who main the supreme sacrifice during those years.
A structure for educational use focused on school and group visits who are studying this period of modern-day history.
A tourist attraction offering a wartime experience.
This Carew Cheriton Control Tower community project has been supported by main local businesses, Pembroke County Council, The Welsh Office and PLANED and to them, we are very appreciative. Group members normally meet on Monday evenings and on Saturday mornings and these meetings take the form of working parties.
Our thanks must also go to the local landowners – Mr and Mrs Phil Davies of Sealand Ltd. who have been very supportive of this community project and have set in place a 99-year lease at a peppercorn rent of £5.00 per annum.
All new members are welcome who are interested in this period of history and are keen to be involved in this restoration project.