Waterbeach Barracks Denny End Road Waterbeach
London Stansted airport was also an RAF station during the Second World War. It was called RAF Stansted Mountfitchet (although referred to simply as Stansted), and was used by the RAF and the United States Army Air Force as a bomber airfield and as a major maintenance depot.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation took control of Stansted in 1949, although the US military returned in 1954 with plans to extend the runway for NATO use.
The transfer to NATO never took place, however, and the airfield returned to civil use three years later, ending up under the control of the British Airports Authority in 1966.
Together with Heathrow, Gatwick, and Luton, Stansted is now one of the four major airports serving London.
Waterbeach Military History Museum is open on the first Sunday and Wednesday monthly from March to October, between 10am and 4pm, with a special opening on Remembrance Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. The museum can also open for groups at other times by special arrangement, especially for visitors from abroad who may be in the UK for a limited
period of time.
There are various amenities and facilities in Waterbeach village and the locality. The Pharmacie Cafe and the Sun Inn are on Chapel Street, and the White Horse Pub is on Greenside next to the One-
The University city of Cambridge is only 5 miles away, and the delightful Cathedral city of Ely is just 10 miles north of Waterbeach. Both these places boast many attractions and
places to stay.
By road: The museum is at Waterbeach Barracks, Denny End Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge CB25 9PA. The barracks is not open to the general public but former Gurkha guards on the gate will direct visitors to the museum building.
The main roads for Waterbeach are the M11 from London and the A14 running east/west from the Suffolk docks to the Midlands. Waterbeach itself is just off the A10 between Cambridge and Ely.
By rail: Waterbeach Station is on the main line between London King’s Cross, Cambridge, Ely, and King’s Lynn. Generally, there is an hourly service in both directions, but please consult the timetable before travelling. There is an excellent map on each platform showing details of Waterbeach and its surroundings. The station is about a mile from the museum, within walking distance. Go along Station Road into the village, and take the right fork along Greenside. Continue up the High Street to the Fish and Chip shop on the left. Take the right fork by the bus shelter to the Barracks site, where the museum will be found on the left.
By bus: Stagecoach Service No. 9 runs hourly between Cambridge and Ely, Monday to Saturday. Get off at the Brewery Tap public house, and walk across to the Barracks entrance. Consult the timetable before travelling.
By air: Unfortunately Waterbeach Airfield is no longer available for use – even though the old runway is still in place! London Stansted, close to the M11 about 30 miles south of Cambridge, is the nearest international airport, and Marshalls at Cambridge Airport will take private aircraft.
The Old School House, High Street, Waterbeach, CB25 9FA
Jasmine Lodge, Jasmine House, Ely Road Waterbeach, Waterbeach, CB25 9NW
The Brambles, Green End, Landbeach, CB25 9FD
The Slapup Motel and The Taste of Goa Indian Restarrant. OYO brand.
Ely Road Landbeach CB25 9NN