Hooton Park - The Definitive Periods
William the First – Stanley family
C.R Naylor era and by the start of World War 1 Hooton Hall was requisitioned
World War One - Hall requisitioned
Hangars built - RFC/RAF training units
Hostilities end-return to farming. Hall demolished
Martin Hearne-610 Squadron
Martin Hearne Ltd. RAF activity on site
Civil flying-610 & 611 Squadrons
Vauxhall Motors purchase site for factory use
Bi-Wheels transport events on a 30 acre ground show
Hangars Grade 2 Listed by The Griffin Trust and the Griffin Trust was formed and
feasibility studies carried out on Hangar 3. Over the next ten years even through the Christmas Bank holidays.
Emergency roof repairs were carried out due to bad weather
Project Manager employed, rats and other vermin evicted and the site started to
be alive again with volunteers, public openings and events. The Griffin Trust puts the Hooton
Park Airfield back on the map as they applied to the council for the address
Efforts to gain funding. Meetings with Vauxhall Motors gains lease extension
Partnership with Vauxhall Motors, English Partnership, Ellesmere Port and
Neston Borough Council to attract funding for Vauxhall Motors Centre
The Hooton Park Hangars Trade mark registered in memory of founder member and
designer. Vauxhall Motors pulled out of Talks
Vauxhall Motors issued eviction notice to Griffin Trust and applied to
Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough to demolish Hangars. S.H.H campaign mounted by The Griffin
After negotiations with Vauxhall Motors the Hooton Park Trust was formed and became new
owners of the site and the future development was passed on to them. Although The Griffin Trust was asked to
vacate Hangar 2 they still supported The Hooton Park Trust in any way they could and will continue to do so.
Restoration of two Motor Transport Sheds begins
Restoration of North side MT Sheds completed which included new roofs and woodwork
Restoration of external South side MT Sheds completed and twice yearly autojumbles started
again, but sadly lack of space meant they were not successful
Internal restoration ongoing in both M.T sheds. MT 1 completely repainted.
Mains water and electricity brought across from main supply in Hut 27 Two new sheds
built and hospitality cabin refurbishment ongoing. A vehicle exhibition area established. Future projects are a
new gate and pathway areas to be established in the MT yard The severe harsh winter began and with it came untold
water leaks and office floods
Ongoing vehicle restoration and general maintenance on M.T. sheds. We helped the Hooton Park
Trust with their maintenance and even through harsh winter mending numerous water bursts
We were asked to vacate our workshop because of Health and Safety issues at the rear of Hangar 1, the job of
putting 3 pints into ½ pint glass started. The huge job still ongoing.
Ongoing projects for all aspects of the aims of The Griffin Trust. Listed building consent
approved to remove wall in M.T.! to establish a bigger exhibition area
Started with harsh frost. The south of Hangar 3 fell down within seconds. Cafe and
Main Offices flooded. Enthusiasm still as strong as ever.
Our hard work over the past 25 years on site was recognised by Hangar 2 being completely re-roofed at a cost of
£300,000 by the Hooton Park Trust with match funding from various supporters.
November - Vauxhall motors celebrated 50 years of car production at Ellesmere Port