HMS Ringtail – Burscough

Royal naval memorial to those who served at HMS Ringtail, Burscough during WWII

This memorial is to Royal Naval Personnel who served at HMS Ringtail, Royal Naval Air Service, Burscough September 1943 to June 1946. HMS Ringtail was for radar training and as a base for squadrons disembarking or working up for shipboard operations during World War 2. Burscough, West Lancashire, UK.

www.lancashireatwar.co.uk/hms-ringtail/4586007873

I have always been vaguely aware that Burscough once had a significant airfield but it was only recently that I started to wonder about it.

This scan of a 1958 based Ordnance Survey map shows the airfield's location.

This scan of a 1958 based Ordnance Survey map shows the airfield’s location.

My first visit to the former airfield was to a Merseyside Transport Trust building on the site in 2015 to have a look at progress on rebuilding a former Merseyrail 502 EMU. Here’s a couple of links to the postings I did about that visit:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/07/13/merseyside-transport-trusts-burcough-open-day/

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/07/19/friends-of-the-502-group/

My next reason to visit the former airfield was to take a look at the new Booths Supermarket which opened not so long ago and which occupies part of the site. Interestingly, it is also designed to look somewhat like an aircraft hanger.

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However, my attention was drawn to the memorial at the side of Booths to the servicemen and women who served at this Royal Naval Station, for it was not an RAF Station. The stone plinth with plaque sits opposite to a statue of an airman.

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The link under the 1st/headline above photo takes you to a ‘Lancashire at War’ web page which details the history of this fascinating Royal Navy Station. This lead photo was a very fortuitous one that I took as Burscough was having a wonderful sunset on 20th January 2016 which was reflecting in the windows of the new Supermarket. Another shot looking straight at the sunset with the Royal Naval airman statue in shot as well is below.

HMS Rigtal memorial set against sunset

Click on any of the photos to enlarge them

The 1st and 4th photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Extending Merseyrail’s Northern Line from Ormskirk to Burscough

To me this is one of life’s ‘no brainers’ as it would bring Burscough into the Merseyside commuter belt as far as practical and accessible public transport into Liverpool is concerned.

Money needs to be found though but with house building on a large scale in Burscough being on the cards due to the West Lancashire Local Plan being approved then it would seem that there could well be money on the table.

I think there is reason to be optimistic here and I hope that Lancashire’s politicians can be united in making it happen. Certainly, a recent discussion between Merseytravel officers and myself gives me grounds for guarded optimism.

I was at Ormskirk Station a couple of days ago awaiting Jen who was due into Ormskirk on one of the hardly regular trains from Preston. It can’t but strike you when stood on Ormskirk Station that the Northern Line ending there is just daft. My view is that it should end at a logical place i.e. Preston but that may be dreaming a little too much at present. However, Burscough is a step in the right direction so let’s get on with it and soon.

Here is a photo I took whilst waiting for Jen:-

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The photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/