Due to its unique design, Hucknall Battle Headquarters has been listed Grade II, just in time for Victory in Europe Day on the 8th May.
The Battle Headquarters (Battle HQs) were built in 1940 to command the defence of the RAF Hucknall airfield. Featuring an underground command post and tunnel, it also has a three storey observation tower with a rooftop gun emplacement.
They used to be found on airfields around the country, although Hucknall’s Battle HQs is extremely unique as it was built to a unique design. Designs for Battle HQs were standardised in August 1941, meaning that the tower in Hucknall could be one of the only of its type remaining in the country.
It was granted Grade II listing as it meets the criteria relating to historic interest, architectural interest and group value. It is located to the west of the former RAF Hucknall airbase, adjacent to two WWII bunkers.
The land owner, Ian Glenn, worked with Cllr Tom Hollis, Deputy Leader of Ashfield District Council, to secure the Grade II listing. Cllr Zadrozny and Cllr Hollis were invited to the Battle HQs to take a look around the observation tower and experience the living history.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny, the Leader of Ashfield District Council said, “The Battle Headquarters is a fantastic piece of history to have here in Ashfield. The fact that it has been just been Grade II listed in time for the 75th VE Day celebrations is the icing on the cake. What better way to remember those who gave so much for our freedom, than to secure the future of this wonderful building. It has been a pleasure to be allowed entry to the observation tower, the original features and entrance tunnel are fascinating, it really brings history to life.”
Cllr Tom Hollis, Deputy Leader of Ashfield District Council, said “I am so proud to have been able to play a role in securing the Grade II listing of this wonderful building. I hope that we can continue to work together to ensure that this important site is protected and enjoyed by all residents of Ashfield.”
This is just part of Ashfield District Council’s plans for VE Day. The Council has unveiled two commemorative benches in the Selston Parish and is hosting a virtual VE Day on Friday.
Further details of how the Council will be celebrating VE Day are available here