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HER Number:MDV50868
Name:West Prawle Radar Station


A radar base, part of Chain Home Low (CHL) had been established at East Prawle by the summer of 1940 (Wasley).


Grid Reference:SX 770 374
Map Sheet:SX73NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishEast Portlemouth
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishEAST PORTLEMOUTH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX73NE/52/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RADAR STATION (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148050.

Waterhouse, R. /East Portlemouth heritage appraisal: an archaeological history of the parish/(September 2000)35/in PF.

Horner, W., 08/11/1995, West Prawle Radar Station (Personal Comment). SDV148010.

At the above NGR a compound of military buildings is visible on 1946 raf AP's. Extent plotted on SMR overlay. Appears to be surrounded by wire fencing, partly following existing hedge-lines. Includes four tall transmitter masts with two associated transmitter blocks and other associated structures. On the west side of the compound there is a smaller mast and associated block, the latter being surrounded possibly by foxholes.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, 2014; HER 63/12 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.

Wasley, G., 1994, Devon at War 1939-1945, 52 (Monograph). SDV165766.

A radar base, part of Chain Home Low (CHL) had been established at East Prawle by the summer of 1940 (Wasley).

Dobinson, C. S., 2000, Acoustics and radar, 161 (Report - non-specific). SDV325097.

No 14 radar station, West Prawle (Dobinson). General location for radar station given as SX773374. There is also reference to a series of Vulnerable Points (VP's); (1) at SX771379, VP (2) at SX781375, VP (3) at SX776371, VP (4) at SX760375 and VP [A] at SX766375.

Passmore, M. + Passmore, A., 2006, WWII RAF Radar Receiver Block Prawle Point, Devon, 2 (Report - Survey). SDV347421.

Passmore, M. + Passmore, A., 2011, Royal Air Force Air-Defence Radar Station West Prawle, 2-3 (Leaflet). SDV347322.

RAF West Prawle was a chain home station and came into operation in 1940. Domestic accommodation was provided for station personnel in a hutted complex on the northern outskirts of East Prawle, with officers at one stage accommodated at the former Gara Rock Hotel in East Portlemouth. The station ceased to be operational in 1945, but was later to be refurbished for a role during the Cold War, and a separate Gee (navigational aids) station was established alongside the chain home station, and shared its domestic facilities. Little remains of the chain home station, which closed in 1956, and nothing of the Gee station which ceased operations in the following year. The photograph shows a Type B receiver block, now modified for agricultural use. Other details: Photographs.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV148010Personal Comment: Horner, W.. 08/11/1995. West Prawle Radar Station.
SDV148050Migrated Record:
SDV165766Monograph: Wasley, G.. 1994. Devon at War 1939-1945. Devon at War. Hardback Volume. 52.
SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2014; HER 63/12.
SDV325097Report - non-specific: Dobinson, C. S.. 2000. Acoustics and radar. Twentieth Century Fortifications in England. VII. A4 Stapled + Digital. 161.
SDV347322Leaflet: Passmore, M. + Passmore, A.. 2011. Royal Air Force Air-Defence Radar Station West Prawle. A Brief Introduction to Twentieth Century Military and Civil Defence Archae. 40. A4 Folded + digital. 2-3.
SDV347421Report - Survey: Passmore, M. + Passmore, A.. 2006. WWII RAF Radar Receiver Block Prawle Point, Devon. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2.

Associated Monuments

MDV72102Parent of: RAF West Prawle Domestic Site (Monument)
MDV55084Parent of: RAF West Prawle Radar Station (Monument)
MDV55086Parent of: West Prawle Radar Station (Monument)
MDV72373Parent of: West Prawle, ACH station (Monument)
MDV72101Parent of: West Prawle, Rotor Technical Site (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 13 2019 10:18AM