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Ossington_2008
20-10-2008, 20:33
I found this print loose so I can't date it yet.
http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/RAFStenigotundated.jpg

CDP
20-10-2008, 23:21
I suppose the most obvious place to start would be to find out when the dishes were decommissioned and taken down and work back from there? Is that too obvious? It is late and I'm a bit tired (my excuse!). Despite the number of times either Noel and myself have been in the area doing something aviation-related or I've been out that way doing something rallying-related, it's one site a few of us would love to visit. It'll happen one day.

It's a cracking oblique though and you don't see many. Nice one!

Chris

Paul Francis
21-10-2008, 08:13
Excellent shot

kebecker
26-10-2008, 16:58
Stenigot during the 80's

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n330/kebecker2/Picture010.jpg

Ossington_2008
04-11-2008, 20:29
I've found the pack it should have been in. Taken in Mar 94.

derekfrost
09-12-2008, 15:26
They're still shown on maps.google but look as though they've been taken off their mounts and left on the ground.

Alex Brown
12-12-2008, 01:27
They're still shown on maps.google but look as though they've been taken off their mounts and left on the ground.

They have indeed. Just about the whole site has been flattened. :(
The Ace High array dishes were cut down years ago but are still lying on the ground (as far as I know) at the present time. There is also a surviving Chain Home receiver block and one mast.

Jerry has some pics of this place I think?

Subbrit links:
http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/s/s ... index.html
http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/s/s ... ndex1.html

kebecker
12-12-2008, 05:02
another 80's shot

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n330/kebecker2/Picture017.jpg

Jerry
12-12-2008, 14:39
Flashearth link:

http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=53.32702 ... =0&src=msl (http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=53.327028&lon=-0.116365&z=16.8&r=0&src=msl)

NJR
31-05-2009, 20:50
Some aerials of Stenjgot taken May 2009.

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t145/ryan7480_bucket/Sun24thMay2009146.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t145/ryan7480_bucket/Sun24thMay2009156.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t145/ryan7480_bucket/Sun24thMay2009166.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t145/ryan7480_bucket/Sun24thMay2009172.jpg

NJR

Peter Kirk
31-05-2009, 21:11
Those old Sky dishes are difficult to get rid of.

Alex Brown
31-05-2009, 23:50
What are they up to there? Looks like they are making new mast bases!
Certainly some serious digging going on...

JCB
01-06-2009, 10:26
There is certainly some digging going on but it looks to me more like they are digging out and crushing the concrete from all the old mast foundations and buildings as part of a big clean-up the site.

Richard Flagg
01-06-2009, 10:56
What are the bunkers shown in the first and last photos??

Alex Brown
01-06-2009, 14:14
There is certainly some digging going on but it looks to me more like they are digging out and crushing the concrete from all the old mast foundations and buildings as part of a big clean-up the site.

Right yes that would make much more sense. There were originally 4 Chain Home TX masts of which only one remains.
Shame they seem so intent on obliterating what little is still extant.

Richard; the bunker next to the toppled Ace High dishes is the Chain Home receiver block,
the longer bunker is the CH transmitter block.
http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/s/s ... ndex1.html (http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/s/stenigot/index1.html)

P Bellamy
02-06-2009, 00:25
Rough and ready Sketchup model plonked into Google Earth.:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Stenig1.jpg

RX Block and four 350' masts at the far end, TX Block and four (very basic) 420' masts at the near end.
Stenigot had bases for four TX masts, but I don't know whether it was built to the reduced version with three, when that was found to be sufficient elsewhere.

All the best,
PB

Alex Brown
02-06-2009, 09:17
I had assumed that the 4th mast base had been dug up some time previously for the later buildings, Paul?

JCB
02-06-2009, 12:24
Paul: That is a stunning rendition of the Stenigot configuration.

P Bellamy
09-06-2009, 21:05
I had assumed that the 4th mast base had been dug up some time previously for the later buildings, Paul?

The mountings for the three missing transmitter masts are visible in the previous coverage in Google Earth.

All four receiver mast bases, or the sites of them, are just about visible in the current GE image.
The northern RX mast base is visible as a soil mark, the southern RX mast's footings are amongst the Ace High footings but can be identified by their size and alignment.

I'm working on a better TX mast model in Sketchup, but as all I have are the height and base width dimensions to go by it's very much "by eye". I have the drawings for the antenna array that hung between the masts, but I'm not going to that extent. :wink:
I tried adding that last year on my model of Vetnor and it was a nightmare.

Edited to add the updated model:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Stenig2.jpg

All the best,
PB

PETERTHEEATER
10-06-2009, 06:55
If only I had the time and capabilty to do that modelling!

I continue to admire your efforts. Well done.

Richard Drew
10-06-2009, 07:46
http://www.atlantikwall.co.uk/atlantikwall/atlantikwall_picts/rings_radar/pics/21.jpg

Ringstead Bay Dorset also used the Tropospheric Scatter System things?

http://www.atlantikwall.co.uk/atlantikwall/atlantikwall_html/ring_radar_html/south_of_england.htm

Jerry
19-09-2009, 10:47
After a quick visit whilst working nearby, I stopped by Stenigot to get a few photos, many thanks to Brian for permission to walk the site.

The majority of the site has been flattened:

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/Gingie28/Steni/DSCF2527.jpg

The dishes and a transformer building:

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/Gingie28/Steni/DSCF2528.jpg

And the remaining tower:

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/Gingie28/Steni/DSCF2503.jpg

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/Gingie28/Steni/DSCF2530.jpg

Jerry
19-09-2009, 10:48
The dishes:

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/Gingie28/Steni/DSCF2526.jpg

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/Gingie28/Steni/DSCF2515.jpg

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/Gingie28/Steni/DSCF2517.jpg

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/Gingie28/Steni/DSCF2516.jpg

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/Gingie28/Steni/DSCF2514.jpg

Richard Flagg
20-09-2009, 18:18
Shame to se it as it is. It is somewhere I'd still like to visit if I get the oppertunity.

I guess it won't be long before the dishes and bunker are demolished too.

Thanks for posting the pics.

PETERTHEEATER
21-09-2009, 09:35
The dishes will go for scrap but I bet the bits will have to be exported to a smelter in China!

Vespretta
09-12-2011, 00:10
Just to resurrect this old post, I was talking to a local today who tells me the dishes were bought from the MOD with the idea of using them as a sheep shelter (wonder if it was for the 1, 000+ sheep that were recently stolen there!) but by all accounts they are unmovable and the pikeys can't get them in their Transit vans so they have been left as they are due to lack of interest. There was said to have been plans recently to cut them up on site for disposal but permission for this was not granted. There was also talk of burying them...I don't know how much of this is true as it may just be local gossip but I do know the locals hate them and class them as a serious eyesore, personally I love the Stenigot dishes and hope they stay for many years!

Or did the Millennium Falcon crash in Lincolnshire! :lol:

Hawkeye001
09-12-2011, 00:22
Ive not heard all this Stephen but it doesnt surprise me in the least lol.

Carnaby
09-12-2011, 11:09
Stenigot was featured yesterday on 'The One Show' The Aerial Erectors' School took the presenter to the top of the mast. Impressive views

canberra
09-12-2011, 22:29
I dont know which trade in the RAF were the bigger drinkers the aerial erectors or the motor boat crews!

Chris Lowe
09-12-2011, 22:32
I think may mate who was an aerial erector would claim that title mad sod only joined so he could climb those huge masts.

netcompsys
16-09-2012, 15:01
A photo of Stenigot's remaining CH tower, with the Belmont TV transmitter mast in the background on misty day early last year

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kevin

netcompsys
03-05-2013, 22:52
Some Photos while passing by this evening

Aces High dishes with remaining CH Transmitter tower behind
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Remaining CH Transmitter tower (water tower is on Anglian Water site)
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Remaining CH Transmitter tower
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Remaining CH Transmitter tower from below
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CH Transmitter Block
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Aces High dishes
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Water Tower
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Piquet Post
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Pillbox
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[click on the thumbnail for larger images]

kevin

Alex Brown
04-05-2013, 00:18
I seem to recall reading that the water tower that survives was not on the original site, and that there was another site water tower that is long demolished?

Will happily stand corrected though...

netcompsys
04-05-2013, 22:23
The comment you refer to is in a caption of a photo on subrit which includes the word "probably"and explains that this is based on the fact that this is immediately outside the current site fence.

However it is a large structure and it is difficult to see what this water tower might have been for other than to service the site in one of its incarnations.

Kevin

Able Mabel
05-05-2013, 21:51
Anybody got photos of the camp buildings where the personnel lived ???

Located in the woodlands as seen in background of last photo in post #10

Crunkylad
13-01-2014, 18:57
A friend of mine has rooted out these photo's of her husband, Bill Lawrence (on right in pic) who served at Stenigot 1954-56. The photo of the original masts got my juices going for sure. The building at the bottom is a rear view of the Sick Quarters. My friend has asked for any info on Stenigot during that period and especially of her husband. 15336

Edward C
17-01-2014, 16:48
excellent pics, i went and had a wander around a couple of years ago. great place. Sat on one of the dishes to eat me sarnies in the sun

Crunkylad
17-01-2014, 19:26
excellent pics, i went and had a wander around a couple of years ago. great place. Sat on one of the dishes to eat me sarnies in the sun

Thanks Edward. I used to work there myself around 1988. I understand the buildings have all been demolished.

Alex Brown
17-01-2014, 19:36
Thanks Edward. I used to work there myself around 1988. I understand the buildings have all been demolished.

Most, but there are still a few bits there.

Edward C
19-01-2014, 02:41
Thanks Edward. I used to work there myself around 1988. I understand the buildings have all been demolished.

the ww2 buildings were still but derelict there but everything associated with the dishes, apart from the dishes, i gone :(

stevie
21-03-2014, 20:49
Past by here recently. What an amazing (& quite weird) sight the dishes make, just laying there -

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/spinback088/DSCF8831.jpg (http://s144.photobucket.com/user/spinback/media/spinback088/DSCF8831.jpg.html)

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/spinback086/DSCF8135.jpg (http://s144.photobucket.com/user/spinback/media/spinback086/DSCF8135.jpg.html)

Cheers
Steve
:grin:

netcompsys
01-04-2014, 21:01
An item on local TV News, Look North, about preserving the "Radar Dishes", including a short sound bite from Dave Harrigan of AHL

It wasn't clear what the origins of the story was

Available on iPlayer for the next 21 days (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03zhpp5/Look_North_(Yorkshire_and_Lincolnshire)_01_04_2014/) or http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b03zhpp5/

starts at 19:20 ish

kevin

netcompsys
01-04-2014, 21:05
Earlier this month the Lincolnshire Echo publishes a series of 9 photos by Tracey Poulter

Stunning photographs of Cold War dishes at RAF Stenigot (http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/pictures/Stunning-photographs-Cold-War-radars-RAF-Stenigot/pictures-20806838-detail/pictures.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter)

also http://tpoulterphotography.weebly.com/nocturnal-lincolnshire.html

Kevin