Fenton Barns

East Lothian

Former RAF buildings, Fenton Barns
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Former RAF buildings, Fenton Barns

Located midway between Dirleton and Drem is the settlement of Fenton Barns. Once a small farming community, Fenton Barn's main claim to fame was its proximity to RAF Drem. This was established during the First World War, but came to prominence during World War II as fighter base, providing a defence against German bombers. On the 16th October 1939, Supermarine Spitfires from the City of Glasgow Squadron, based at Drem, intercepted the first German bombers to attack the British mainland, which were targeting the Naval Dockyard at Rosyth.

At Fenton Barns is the Fenton Barns Retail and Leisure Village, accommodated in buildings once used by the staff of the airfield. This incorporates some 22 craft, furniture and other units and includes the Scottish Archery Centre. Some limited modern housing has been added to the settlement since the war.

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