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Name:Floodlight base, W of Leighams Road, Woodham Ferrers and Bicknacre
SMR Number:20858
Type of record:Monument
Grid Reference:TL 781 012
Map Sheet:TL70SE


Floodlight Base.

Full description

An aerial photograph taken in October 1946 shows an experimental “floodlight” standing in a field to the W of Leighams Road. The base of its generator building can be seen a few yards away to the N. <1>

The site, in January 2005, is an area of grassland with scattered bushes, part of “Niagara”, a chicken farm. The bases of both the floodlight and the generator building still survive, half-hidden in the long grass. Typical of such sites, the floodlight base takes the form of a hollow ring of concrete, c. 45’ in diameter. The steel framework which held the twelve large reflecting mirrors would have been mounted on this base, although all trace of the steel is now gone. Along one edge, a small pit shows where the power cables would have come in from the generator.

Four photos of site. <2>

<1> RAF, 1946, CPE-UK 1788-3150, Oct 1946 (AP). SEX65363.

<2> Nash, Fred, 2005, Floodlight Base, west of Leighams Road, Jan 2005 (Photograph). SEX65364.

Monument Types

  • FLOODLIGHT (WWII, Modern - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Events

  • Visit by Fred Nash - Jan 2005 (Ref: Nash CHL Jan 2005)

Protected Status

  • Historic Environment Character Area: Chelmsford 6
  • Historic Environment Character Zone: Chelmsford 6.4

Sources and further reading

<1>AP: RAF. 1946. CPE-UK 1788-3150. Oct 1946.
<2>Photograph: Nash, Fred. 2005. Floodlight Base, west of Leighams Road. print. Jan 2005.