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Carnaby
24-10-2011, 12:15
The last thread on RAF Hopton has sadly been lost, we are not sure where and have as yet, been unable to find it. Apologies for any inconvenience

This site is described as being in Norfolk and Suffolk. An inspection of the map reveals that the access road and entrance is definitely in Norfolk, however the entire site is in Suffolk.

Good 3d view in Bing (http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=srnpmwh4bf92&lvl=18.707531872711417&dir=3.8502564505433625&sty=b&form=LMLTCC)

http://www.oldhoptononsea.co.uk/35701.html

If the original contributers can add, please do so.

Richard Flagg
25-11-2011, 01:35
Some photos from a visit in August 2009

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SUFFOLK/Hopton%20Radar%20Lodge/20090813Hopton34-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SUFFOLK/Hopton%20Radar%20Lodge/20090813Hopton56-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SUFFOLK/Hopton%20Radar%20Lodge/20090813Hopton59-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SUFFOLK/Hopton%20Radar%20Lodge/20090813Hopton97-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SUFFOLK/Hopton%20Radar%20Lodge/20090813Hopton100-1.jpg

Richard Flagg
12-01-2012, 01:05
Photo taken c.1945 on display at the NASAM, Flixton

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SUFFOLK/Flixton/20110810Flixton8-1.jpg

PETERTHEEATER
25-01-2012, 09:20
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l366/PRACHUAP/HoptonCHL.jpg

Chain Home Low: AMES Type 2 CHL installation at Hopton-on-Sea. The station is equipped with two CHL aerial arrays, one on top of the 185ft steel tower, and the other on a 20ft -high wooden gantry by the Operations Block at lower right.

Courtesy of Imperial War Museum IWM (CH 15183)

Richard Flagg
16-04-2012, 00:50
An aerial view of Hopton that I took on 15 April 2012

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SUFFOLK/Hopton%20Radar%20Lodge/20120415Hopton51-001.jpg

Peter Kirk
16-04-2012, 08:31
Nice. Looks like perfect weather for aerial shots.

Edward C
16-04-2012, 15:31
i have more than a passing interest in ROTOR era sites, does anyone know the current status of this? Is it sealed or what?

Here is a cool page with loads of pics on it
http://airfields.pikfu.net/set1783077/

and another
http://www.oldhoptononsea.co.uk/36301.html

jeff Glasser
18-05-2012, 16:28
It seems my earlier posts on Hopton on Sea got lost when the site had a problem. (Hopton on Sea not strictly an airfield as it was a Radar establishment)

I have a link to Hopton that does include old photos' etc. that may be interesting.


http://www.oldhoptononsea.co.uk/35701.html

Jeff

HF Dave
08-11-2012, 21:46
Chain Home Low: AMES Type 2 CHL installation at Hopton-on-Sea. The station is equipped with two CHL aerial arrays, one on top of the 185ft steel tower, and the other on a 20ft -high wooden gantry by the Operations Block at lower right.


My wife's grandfather (RAF) recalls that the CHL equipment was burnt out (an accidental fire I think) the night before it was due to go
live and had to be replaced.

netcompsys
09-11-2012, 01:42
from Subbrit

Construction work was completed in September 1952 but handing over to the RAF was delayed for 6 months following a fire in the air conditioning plant in January 1953.

http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/h/hopton/

kevin

HF Dave
10-11-2012, 18:09
from Subbrit


http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/h/hopton/

kevin

Thanks for the correction to the details. So it was the ROTOR 1 radar (CHEL Type 54), not the earlier CHLs. According to Nick McCamley's 'Cold War Secret Nuclear Bunkers' the target service date was 13th September 1952. This makes sense as I believe my Grandfather-in-law was posted to Hopton after the war, not during it.

Kevin Aeronca
02-08-2015, 11:55
A report that there is nothing to report. A picture from yesterday shows no significant changes from REF's somewhat better photograph of three years ago.

23587

Graham Yaxley
03-08-2015, 02:09
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l366/PRACHUAP/HoptonCHL.jpg

Chain Home Low: AMES Type 2 CHL installation at Hopton-on-Sea. The station is equipped with two CHL aerial arrays, one on top of the 185ft steel tower, and the other on a 20ft -high wooden gantry by the Operations Block at lower right.

Courtesy of Imperial War Museum IWM (CH 15183)

The photograph accompanying this post has been used to illustrate an article on radar in the latest (Sept 2015) edition of "Aeroplane".

It must have be some task to mount the antenna on the tower!!!

Coincidentally, the August 2015 edition of "Britain at War" states on page 106 that on 7 August 1945 " the secret of Radio Direction Finding (RDF), now called radar, was revealed publically for the first time."

Graham

pimpernel
03-08-2015, 14:31
A report that there is nothing to report. A picture from yesterday shows no significant changes from REF's somewhat better photograph of three years ago.

23587

I have a static van next door and you used to be able to walk from my site either along the sea wall or along the path between the fence and the cliff edge. Sadly neither can be done now as the sea is washing them both away.

Look to the bottom left of your picture and you will notice the cliff and the wire fence have now been washed away.

I tried posting pictures but it must have been when the site had issues so I will try again later.

pimpernel
03-08-2015, 17:56
No, not letting me upload any pictures from my PC. When I come to upload it I get an error message.

Not confirmed but I think the property is now empty. But the odd helicopter does land there sometimes.

It is believed that nearby Potters has purchased it but again unconfirmed.

The picture where the man is standing is now on the beach in this article http://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk/news/hopton_clifftop_path_destroyed_by_coastal_erosion_ 1_1754777. Once I have found a way of posting a picture I will put it on here.

Peter Kirk
03-08-2015, 21:23
I think it may be the size limit on the forum. You may have to reduce the file size.

pimpernel
06-08-2015, 16:11
Managed to upload the image in my previous post.

From the foreground to the red plastic crumpled fencing has now been lost into the sea.

When I am there next I will post what it looks like now. The whole cliff top is slowly disappearing into the sea which is a shame.