Ramsgate Airport

Ramsgate, Kent, England, UK

Closed 1968

The Disappointed Tourist: Ramsgate Airport, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

 Requested by Kate B.

Ramsgate Airport was a civilian airfield which opened in July 1935 with Hillman’s Airways initiating a service to Belgium. It was briefly taken over by the Royal Air Force in World War II, and was renamed RAF Ramsgate, operating as a satellite of RAF Manston during the Battle of Britain in 1940, before being closed and obstructed to prevent its use. It reopened in 1953 with Air Kruise and later Chrisair and Invicta International Airlines using the airport until 1968. The site has now been redeveloped as an industrial estate. The painting is based on an uncredited photograph from Pinterest.