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Monument Number 1413234

Hob Uid: 1413234
Location :
Dorset
Weymouth And Portland
Portland
Grid Ref : SY6850071440
Summary : The location of the domestic site for Royal Air Force Portland radar station. It was built in the early 1950s as part of the Rotor programme to modernise the United Kingdom's radar defences and accommodated station personnel. The radar station could have had up to 250 members of staff and was in use until 1958. A stand-by set house for reserve power for the station was co-located at the domestic site. Aerial photography from 1968 shows the domestic buildings in good condition. They were substantially built buildings and are likely to be used as civillian accommodation.
More information : ROYAL AIR FORCE CAMP. From site list with letter. Isle of Portland. Recorder- R. Perry. (1)

The Rotor programme was developed to upgrade the wartime radar technology to detect and locate fast-flying jets. It was approved by the Air Council in June 1950. There were three main components to the Rotor stations: the technical site, including the radars, operation blocks and other installations; the domestic site, where personnel were accommodated; and the stand-by set house, a reserve power supply. The domestic site for Portland Rotor station was located at SY 682 714. The technical site was situated at SY 696 735 and the stand-by set house co-located at the domestic site. (2-4)

Aerial photography from 1968 shows the post-1950 domestic buildings in good condition. They were substantially built buildings and are likely to be used as civillian accommodation. (5)

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 : Cold War: Building for Nuclear Confrontation 1946-1989
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Page(s) : 86-110
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Source Number : 3
Source : Twentieth century fortifications in England. Volume XI.1. The Cold War (text)
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Page(s) : 36-72
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Source : Twentieth century fortifications in England. Volume XI.2. The Cold War (Appendices)
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Source Number : 5
Source : Twentieth Century Military Recording Project: Cold War Rotor Stations
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Mid 20th Century
Display Date : In use circa 1950-1958
Monument End Date : 1958
Monument Start Date : 1950
Monument Type : Royal Air Force Camp, Domestic Site
Evidence : Destroyed Monument, Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : DoB Non Anti Invasion Database UID
External Cross Reference Number : 2564
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SY 67 SE 234
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : THE DEFENCE OF BRITAIN PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1995-04-01
End Date : 2002-03-01
Associated Activities : LANDSCAPES OF WAR RECORDING PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2008-01-01
End Date : 2009-12-31