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HER Number:MDV55086
Name:West Prawle Radar Station


East Prawle radar station extends into Chivelstone parish. See headsheet for details (Horner).


Grid Reference:SX 776 373
Map Sheet:SX73NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishChivelstone
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCHIVELSTONE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX73NE/52/4

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV162183.

DOB worksheet(Jury)/(1997)/in SMR.

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

East Prawle radar station extends into Chivelstone parish.

Horner, W., 1996, Radar Station at West Prawle Farm (Worksheet). SDV357501.

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

No 14 radar station, West Prawle. Chain Home.

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.
SDV162183Migrated Record:
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.
SDV357501Worksheet: Horner, W.. 1996. Radar Station at West Prawle Farm. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV50868Part of: West Prawle Radar Station (Monument)
MDV55084Related to: RAF West Prawle Radar Station (Monument)
MDV72373Related to: West Prawle, ACH station (Monument)
MDV50869Related to: West Prawle, Radar Station (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 3 2014 3:45PM