During the Second World War, Gosford Castle and estate were used to hold prisoners of war. It was occupied by American and British soldiers guarding German prisoners. An airstrip was constructed in a field adjacent to the wall of the estate on the road from Mullabrack to Markethill. It was used to deliver prisoners and supplies to the Gosford estate. It also provided a means of travel if rapid evacuation was called for. Following the conclusion of war, the airstrip was no longer required and fell into disrepair. Now only a strip of concrete remains.

The site of Gosford airstrip in World War Two.

In the accompanying recording, Joey McStay describes the Second World War military airstrip beside Gosford, used by British and American small planes.

Photo of Joey McStay.

Use the audio controller to listen to this talk, given in 2003.