BERTRAM ARDEN'S AIRFIELDS
First airfield(Hele school)Playing Fields in the vicinity of Southam Farm .Second Airfield/Exeter Bypass:Lat/Long N50:43:10 W3:28:48
RUNWAYS: Hele school : Unknown heading but grass surface....Exeter Bypass Airfield :Grass... NW/SE and E/W .
After the interval enforced by the Second World War, Arden moved his flying activities to a new airfield on a site at Topsham - in fact this just meant a move to the next field to the south of the original ( about 3 miles WSW of Exeter Airport) which became known as the Exeter Bypass Airfield.
This field had two grass runways and a proper hanger .
In the late 1940s the Devonshire Flying Club operated from this airfield.
The field was eventually closed sometime in the very late 1950s or early 60s.
Also somewhere in the area was the famed "Ardens Barn" possibly at Heavitree(which may be another name for the strip itself) , which at one time held Bertram Ardens varied collection of aircraft including G-AALP Surrey AL.1, G-AFGC Swallow II, G-AFHC Swallow II & G-AJHJ Auster 5.
The Arden Family Trust are believed to still hold the remaining contents of the Barn somewhere in the area.(Thanks to Chris Evans for clarifying the locations).