Site Records

Site Name: RAF Holmpton/Patrington ('VQJ') GCI R3 ROTOR Radar Station

Rysome Lane

OS Grid Ref: TA365227

[Source:Nick Catford]


In order to provide communication between the controllers in the R3 bunker at RAF Holmpton and the intercepting aircraft, two VHF/UHF multi-channel radio transmitter and receiver blocks were built at remote sites. Transmitter and receiver blocks come in two sizes, designated 'small' and 'large'; those at Holmpton were 'large'. As built, each block would have had a 90' wooden aerial tower alongside. Post Linesman there was a requirement for three of the remaining radar stations to have extended communications which involved doubling the size of the transmitter and receiver buildings. The original buildings were rectangular with the later extensions added at right angles at one end. The three stations with extended communications were Holmpton, Boulmer and Neatishead.

Photo:The transmitter block. The later extension is on the right hand side.
Photo by Nick Catford

Each site consisted of two buildings, the operations building and a standby set house (power house). As built, the transmitter building comprised the transmitter hall, mechanical and electrical room, store, workshop, staff room and toilet. The transmitter building is still extant and is located on Beacon Hill (TA344213), 1 mile south west from the technicl site; it still retains some of its green paint and metal window shutters. The building is currently used to grow exotic mushrooms. The aerial mast has been demolished.

Photo:The post Linesman extension to the transmitter block
Photo by Nick Catford

The smaller receiver building comprised a receiver room, mechanical and electrical room, store, workshop, staff room and toilet. This building has now been demolished with no evidence remaining.


Original transmitter block

Standby set house

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Click here for RAF Holmpton GCI technical site

[Source: Nick Catford]

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