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There is evidence that Polebrook as a settlement dates back to 4000 BC,. The farms were mainly centred around the modern day village of Ashton. Polebrook is called Pochebroc in the Domesday Book, and was the centre of a large administrative area (the Polebrook Hundred).
There may have been a wooden church on the site of the current 12th century stone Church of All Saints. Thomas de Thelwall, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster had been parish priest of Polebrook in the 1360s.
RAF Polebrook was a little south east of the village during World War II from 1941 to 1945. The USAAF 351st Bomber Group was stationed at the airfield during World War II from 15 April 1943 to 23 June 1945, and the U.S. flag hangs as a memorial to the men, along with a roll of honour in the church. The airfield is now disused, but remains a rich part of Polebrook culture; there is a memorial chapel in Polebrook Church. The base was used as a site for Thor missiles in the 1950s
For some time during the war Clark Gable was stationed at Polebrook and at RAF Marston Moor near Wetherby. He made morale boosting visits locally during his time here, an example being Marco in Grantham - a picture appears on the "Manthorpe News" website.
- Welcome to Polebrook
- Domesday Polebrook
- Gibson, Michael L (1982). Aviation in Northamptonshire, An Illustrated Guide (includes a map of the Polebrook airfield and an angled photo taken in 1944). Northampton: Northamptonshire Libraries. pp. 270–1. ISBN 0-905391-08-X.
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