Greenham Common has a rich history stretching back over centuries

Before the building of an airfield, Greenham Common was a piece of common land. It was used for troop movements during the English Civil War and in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. For some of that time it also had a firing range at its Western end.

Greenham Control Tower was built between 1951 and 1953 to replace the original WW2 tower that was located on the opposite side of what was then a military airfield.

The building lay empty for many years after RAF Greenham Common closed in September 1992, but was bought by Greenham Parish Council in 2014. Work then began with the support of funding from a number of national and local funders to transform the building into a heritage visitor destination, a Café for users of the common and a community space. The doors were opened to the public in September 2018.

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Come and Visit Greenham Control Tower to discover more about the history of the common and the stories of the people who have lived there.

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The Archive

More history of Greenham Control Tower and the Common

(Under construction)

Visit again soon to explore the memoirs of people who lived and worked on Greenham Common and other archive material.