View Full Version : reighton sands comms/roc buildings
can anyone shed some light on what this complex is, i wounder every time i go past.
There is a photo on geograph here;
No idea what it is or what it was know as though. There are a couple of disused buildings that could be associated with it on the roundabout near the mobile phone mast, 1/2 mile east of the bunker.
I don't know about the radar site but on the sands there is/was what was believed to be a Ruck pillbox that has been relieved of its original position by the sea/sands. I don't think it is a Ruck as the sides don't appear to have the appertures in the sides. The Ruck is a Stanton like pillbox but this one has a very large opeing at the front which makes me think it was a Quadrant Shelter or Markers Shelter for a small range on the sands. I have found a couple of references to Reighton being used as a range but nothing concrete.
After a bit more googling, I have come up with RAF Bempton, could this be right?
The Scarborough station was Irton Moor Wireless Station but is now GCHQ Scarborough and somewhat laughingly Google's Streetview goes right past it ! The Reighton Sands site could have a connection to Scarborough but perhaps more likely to Staxton Wold ?
There is a Scarborough - Bempton connection in that , allegedly M'lud , GCHQ carried out some experimental work at Bempton , an old ROTOR station which used the concrete pillars that still stand there in an arrow shape facing the coast . Apparently they supported some sort of aerial array ?
The buildings I am curious about are located here;
A few photos taken on 4 May 2011
Any ideas what they are?
At a guess, with a VHF Discone, a UHF Discone, HF and a Parabolic in the general direction of Staxton, a remote TX/RX site?
At a guess.....
Welcome to the bulletin board Graham
Just spotted this thread.
Antenna structures look similar to these.
Taken from street view, this is, I believe Neatisheads remote radio site.
When I drove past this site some years ago there were some rock crushing UHF Link 11 signals coming from it !
I agree. The ERP from a radar generally will not do much for the sensitivity of a radio receiver, hence the standard practice of locating the coms site remotely. Partrington etc, was similar.
I don't recall the location of the Bempton remote site however. Maybe someone could remind me?
Whilst on this topic, perhaps I should raise the subject of RAF Oxenhope ;-)
speeton is associated with fylingdales if i remember rightly
This makes interesting reading and may relate to Richard Flaggs buildings in connection with the 391st Battery RA mentioned in the text. A magazine perhaps?
Don't forget Mr Butlins former establishment at Filey was right next door to Reighton and was a large Army camp during the war, so these may be related to that perhaps?
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