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Keep site as focus for aerial heritage
I write regarding the item on the garage site in Piccadilly once used by Nevil Shute as an aircraft factory.
Nevil Shute’s connection with Yorkshire includes his work at Howden on the R101’s sister airship, the R100.
When the airship programme ended with the R101’s disastrous crash in 1930, he came to York and started his Airspeed company with the help of a philanthropic Leeds banker.
He also wrote one of his most famous novels, No Highway, based on the R101 fiasco.
I hope York will be interested in retaining his former factory in Piccadilly, if it is capable of restoration. In another role it could form an attractive focal point. Just because it’s tatty doesn’t mean it isn’t worth keeping.
If anyone wants to read a brief essay about Nevil Shute in York and Yorkshire, go to the Yorkshire Philosophical Society’s website, ypsyork.org/resources/yorkshire-scientists-and-innovators/nevil-shute/
Carole Smith, Mill Lane, Heworth, York.
• Reynard’s Garage. Bulldoze it.
Peter Newton, Montague Street, York.
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