Hixon Village

The village is 7.8 miles (12.6 km) east of the town of Stafford and 9.9 miles (15.9 km) southeast of the town of Stone.

Hixon Village

The genesis of the village name is said to be of Scandinavian origin. The first part, Hus is thought to be the Viking word for house.[5] The last part Dun is an old English word for Hill, so giving the origins as The House on the Hill.[5] Another school of thought originates the name from a person known as Hyht with the following es indicating it in the possession and can be interpreted as Hyht's hill. Over the years the village has been recorded under the names Huchtesdona in 1130, Huhtesdon and Huytesdon.[5]

Hixon is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. In the survey the village has the name Hustedone.[6] and was described as being very small with five households. The village assets included two ploughs, a meadow and 3 acres. The head of the manor was Haywood. In 1066 the lord of the manor was the Bishop of Chester. In 1086 the lord of the manor was Nigel of Stafford and the Bishop of Chester was now the tenant-in-chief.[7] The survey also states that the value of the parish was 10s 9d.

During the Second World War, Hixon was the location of a Royal Air Force Station built for RAF Bomber Command. The station opened in 1942[8] on a site located 0.9 miles (1.4 km) north west of the village and had the station identification code of HX. Three intersecting concrete runways were built on the station, which were surfaced with tarmac for use by Class-A bombers. The station building and technical site were located on the south east of the station and included accommodation and communal facilities for 2,938 RAF personnel.[8] There were also four T-2 type hangars and one MAP B-1 aircraft hangar. Overseeing the station was a 1941 pattern control tower which still survives and is currently being used as industrial offices.[9] During the war bomber aircraft that used the airfield included Vickers Wellingtons, Avro Lancasters and Bristol Blenheims. Other types that operated from the station included Curtiss P40 Tomahawks, Miles M.9 Masters, Miles M.25 Martinets and Hawker Hurricanes which were mainly used for training.[8]

SOURCE: Wikipedia

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