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RadarArchive
10-05-2010, 21:02
This photo pops up occasionally in books but I've never been able to identify the location. I've always thought the rocks in the background, along with what appears to be a lighthouse, should be a dead giveaway to anyone who knows the area. Sadly, that's not me. There is also the fact that the building is not the standard combined Transmitter and Receiver Block introduced in 1941.

Yorkie370
23-01-2011, 18:39
My guess, looking at the distinctive shape of some of the rocks to the left of the lighthouse is that the photograph was taken somewhere close to where the Land's End theme park now stands. If you google longships lighthouse, you'll find some contemporary photos with which to make a comparison.

HTH

P Bellamy
23-01-2011, 19:26
After poring over the maps to work out the angle of the rocks and lighthouse it came up with somewhere near the "First and Last House".

I compared the period photo with this one of the house to check:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/doublejeopardy/4423496136/

Comparing the two photos, peeping out from behind the right hand side of the radar building is the northwest corner of the house. :D

Tracking back up onto Trevescan Cliff, what appear to be concrete footings which match the shape and alignment of the radar building can be seen:

http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=50.068043221000195&lon=-5.711469054222107&gz=19&oz=10&gt=1

All the best,
PB

Yorkie370
23-01-2011, 19:40
In my defence, M'lud, I did say
close to..... :)

On closer inspection, I'm with PB on the location. I'll try to persuade SWIMBO to let me out for some exercise down that way soon and I'll see if I can get a comparative photo.

Possibly the one listed (by wikipedia amongst others - standard wiki caveats apply) as "17A RAF Mark's Castle", and the picture seems to show an AMES Type 2.

More recent picture;
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b279/ajottaway/P1010131.jpg

CornwallPhil
26-03-2012, 22:10
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The reinforced concrete of the gantry
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The remains of the brick wall of the gantry (see b/w photo in Post No1)
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Air raid shelter entrance
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Air raid shelter interior
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Base of a domestic hut with concrete standing for stove/heater.

CornwallPhil
26-03-2012, 22:14
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Site of the huts amidst the gorse and heather
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The view from the site towards the First and Last house at Land's End
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The mound is the remains of the gantry shown in the b/w photo looking towards Longships Lighthouse.

A more detailed look is available here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7kHwSPFnyQ

RadarArchive
21-04-2012, 10:09
I do have another CHL site that I've so far been unable to identify. This one may be a little more challenging I suspect, but it would be great to know where this was taken if anyone recognises it.

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the16th5thlancer
13-07-2012, 18:19
This photo pops up occasionally in books but I've never been able to identify the location. I've always thought the rocks in the background, along with what appears to be a lighthouse, should be a dead giveaway to anyone who knows the area. Sadly, that's not me. There is also the fact that the building is not the standard combined Transmitter and Receiver Block introduced in 1941.

Any suggestions as to location, ideally accompanied by a similar modern day shot, would be very welcome indeed.

Hi, It is indeed Land's End only a few yards from the First and last house.

It is the main Tx Rx Operations Block

the16th5thlancer
14-01-2013, 10:47
RAF Mark's Castle. It is one frame of a film. Marks Castle is at Land's End Cornwall. I have mountains of info on the three sites. 8o letters to and from WAAF's stationed there. Also new photo's of the area, interviews with surviving locals, and WAAF's & RAF. If this site lets it go through have a look at
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Battle-Group-of-the-South-West/235331779852359

Regards Michael

Another Number
14-01-2013, 14:25
Any chance you could post them on here as the majority of us don't use Farcebook?

the16th5thlancer
21-01-2013, 11:59
I have far too much to load on here I am afraid. I am trying to build my own website to cover West Cornwall sites. Although I and not the best with IT I am doing my best with it and will alter as I understand how things work. www.raf-marks-castle-and-raf-sennen.co.uk Keep an eye on it as it will get better, my generation grew up with paper and pencil.

Richard Flagg
21-01-2013, 19:48
I have far too much to load on here I am afraid.

Little and often is fine with us! Keep the info and photos coming as its good to add to the thread.

Nice site by the way.

Yorkie370
21-01-2013, 23:25
Will follow with interest. The photo of the remains of Mark's Castle looks like it was taken on a typical Cornish summer's day! It always seems to rain when I'm out that way.

the16th5thlancer
24-01-2013, 15:12
I take exception to that!! We DO NOT have rain! Monsoons and floods perhaps but not rain. Are you trying to turn the tourists away LOL
The site is expanding


Michael

Yorkie370
24-01-2013, 15:29
Are you trying to turn the tourists away LOLPossibly. :)