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Site Name: RAF Bawdsey Chain Home Radar Station

Bawdsey Manor
Bawdsey Quay
Suffolk
OS Grid Ref: TM336380

Sub Brit site visit 13th April 2004

[Source: Nick Catford]

A number of other RAF buildings still survive, the most substantial being the Senior NCO's mess (formerly the filter school) and the Airmen's Barrack Block (Formerly the research Block). Both are large two storey brick buildings located alongside the road running through the estate. They are now used as class rooms by Alexanders School. A small pink RAF hut alongside the NCO's mess was the Bawdsey Ferry post office, unusually located within the Manor grounds.

Photo:The senior NCO's mess (formerly the filter school). The edge of the Bawdsey Ferry post office can be seen on the extreme left
Photo by Nick Catford

The standby set house was at the northern end of the site, this was retained and rebuilt as part of the 1950's ROTOR complex and is now in separate ownership.

On the west side of the manor, behind the car park a two storey white building with a tall brick tower was a gas decontamination centre, an air raid siren still remains in place on top of the tower. A number of MT garages still survive on the east side of the manor and the guardhouse and armoury still stands at the main entrance to the estate at Bawdsey Quay with a smaller picket post at the rear entrance. All buildings from the rotor period have been removed. Outside the estate on the approach road to the Quay, the married quarters are now in private ownership.

Photo:Gas decontamination centre - note the air raid siren on top of the tower.
Photo by Nick Catford

Sources:

PLEASE NOTE The RAF Bawdsey Chain Home radar station is totally within the grounds of Alexanders School. This is strictly private property with security and CCTV 24 hours a day. Casual visitors are not welcome and special insurance had to be arranged for the Sub Brit visit.

Transmitter block

Transmitter block

Entrance covers to
the transmitter
buried reserve

Emergency exit to
the transmitter
buried reserve

Ventilators for the
transmitter buried
reserve

Ventilators and mast
base for transmitter
buried reserve

Entrance steps
to the transmitter
buried reserve

Entrance steps
to the transmitter
buried reserve

Door to AC plant
room Entrance in the transmitter
buried reserve

Gas filtration unit
in the transmitter
buried reserve

Air lock
in the transmitter
buried reserve

Transmitter extractor
hood in the transmitter
buried reserve

Transmitter room
in the buried reserve

Emergency exit
in the transmitter
buried reserve

   


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[Source:Nick Catford]

 


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