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Coastal Defence/chain Home Low Station M73

Hob Uid: 1413230
Location :
Dorset
Portland
Grid Ref : SY6838072530
Summary : The site of a Coastal Defence/Chain Home Low (CD/CHL) radar station at West Cliff. It was built by the British Army to monitor shipping and aircraft during the Second World War. CD/CHL sites opened from 1941 and comprised a brick or concrete operations block with an aerial gantry mounted on the roof and a separate standby set house for the reserve power. Staff were billeted where possible, but some stations had a small layout of domestic hutting situated within one mile of the site. Aerial photography from 1968 shows that the station had been removed and the site was used for quarrying.
More information : RADAR STATION. From site list with letter. Isle of Portland. RAF Westcliff. Recorder- R. Perry. (1)

A Coastal Defence/Chain Home Low Station located at West Cliff (SY 683 726), called site M73. Coastal Defence/Chain Home Low (CD/CHL) radar stations were operated by the British Army to detect shipping and aircraft. CD/CHL sites opened from 1941 and comprised a brick or concrete operations block with an aerial gantry mounted on the roof and a separate standby set house for the reserve power. Staff were billeted where possible, but some stations had a small layout of domestic hutting situated within one mile of the site. (2)

Aerial photography from 1968 shows that the station had been removed and the site was a quarry. (3)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Migrated Defence of Britain Project database record originally compiled from various sources
Source details : The two databases developed by the Project can be searched on-line through the Archaeology Data Service at http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/specColl/dob/index.cfm
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Source Number : 2
Source : Twentieth century fortifications in England, volume 7. Acoustics and radar: England's early warning systems 1915-1945
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Source Number : 3
Source : Twentieth century military recording project: World War Two radar stations
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : From 1941
Monument End Date : 1945
Monument Start Date : 1941
Monument Type : Chain Home Low Station, Chain Home Station, Radar Station
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : DoB Non Anti Invasion Database UID
External Cross Reference Number : 2560
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SY 67 SE 200
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, THE DEFENCE OF BRITAIN PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1995-04-01
End Date : 2002-03-01
Associated Activities : Primary, LANDSCAPES OF WAR RECORDING PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2008-01-01
End Date : 2009-12-31