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Monument Number 1487679

Hob Uid: 1487679
Location :
Isle of Wight
Ventnor
Grid Ref : SZ5530078200
Summary : The domestic site of Ventnor radar station. It was built in the early 1950s as part of the Rotor programme and accommodated station personnel. It was situated at the end of Lowtherville Road and comprised brick-built huts. It is likely to have been in use until 1957, when the station was closed and put into care and maintenance. Aerial photography from 1969 shows over 30 buildings at the site in good condition, however most of the site has since been built over by modern houses. The guardhouse is still extant.
More information : 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 Ventnor radar station was located at SZ 553 782. (1-3)

Aerial photography from 1969 shows over 30 buildings at the site in good condition. They are also present on a 1983 OS map. One of these buildings is possibly the stand-by set house. (4)

RAF Ventnor was in operation until 1957, when it was closed and put into care and maintenance. (5)

The domestic site for Ventnor was situated at the end of Lowtherville Road and comprised brick-built huts. (6)

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Source : Cold War: Building for Nuclear Confrontation 1946-1989
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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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Page(s) : 151
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Source Number : 4
Source : Twentieth Century Military Recording Project: Cold War Rotor Stations
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Source Number : 5
Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : Subterranea Britannica, 2004. Site Name: RAF Ventnor ('OJC') R1 CEW ROTOR Radar Station <> Updated on 11-DEC-2004 [Accessed on 19-DEC-2008]
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Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : Adams, Don, 2007. Life at the Ventnor radar station <> Updated on 04-JUN-2007 [Accessed on 19-DEC-2008]
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Mid 20th Century
Display Date : Built in early 1950s
Monument End Date : 1957
Monument Start Date : 1950
Monument Type : Domestic Site, Guardhouse
Evidence : Extant Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SZ 57 NE 144
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, LANDSCAPES OF WAR RECORDING PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2008-01-01
End Date : 2009-12-31