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Title:Archaeological Assessment of RSPB Reserves at Exminster Marshes and Bowling Green March, Topsham
Originator:Collings, A. G.
Summary:Part of the Southernmost of the 3 fields names 'Old House Marsh' was appropriated during WWII as a Ground Controlled Intercept station, designated RAF Exminster. Manned by 78 Signals Wing. Some 5 buildings were built of brick, and possibly a searchlight was installed, although the surviving features indicate the position of radio transceiver equipment. After the war it became the temporary home of ROC 21 Group HQ, after it had left 'Barnfield' and prior to its move to Poltimore. It continued as a secondary radar station used, at least in part, for weekend training in conjunction with the Hope Cove GCI station. It was closed in 1958 and the vacated site subsequently became the Lions Holt industrial estate, when some of the original buildings were re-used (Collings).

Associated Monuments (8)

MDV60850Bowling Green Marsh Field System (Monument)
MDV18147Exeter Canal, Exeter to Turf Reach (Monument)
MDV52954Exminster Radar Station (Monument)
MDV55982Francis Davy's Embankment, Topsham (Monument)
MDV55975Peat Deposit, Exminster Marshes (Monument)
MDV54140Reclamation Banks on Exminster Marshes (Monument)
MDV18196Topsham Lock, Exeter Canal (Monument)
MDV53092Turf Engine House, Powderham (Monument)