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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

    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/wheresthepat...=19&oz=10&gt=1

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    Default Re: Unlocated CHL station

    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;
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    1 of gantry reinforced concrete.jpg
    The reinforced concrete of the gantry
    Brick wall of aerial gantry.jpg
    The remains of the brick wall of the gantry (see b/w photo in Post No1)
    Air raid shelter entrance.jpg
    Air raid shelter entrance
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    Air raid shelter interior
    Base of domestic hut.jpg
    Base of a domestic hut with concrete standing for stove/heater.

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    Default Re: Unlocated CHL station

    site of huts.jpg
    Site of the huts amidst the gorse and heather
    View to First & Last House from site.jpg
    The view from the site towards the First and Last house at Land's End
    Marks Castle site of gantry in bw photo.jpg
    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
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    Default Unlocated CHL Station

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by RadarArchive View Post
    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
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    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
    Last edited by tigger; 21-01-2013 at 12:54. Reason: edited thread title

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    Any chance you could post them on here as the majority of us don't use Farcebook?
    Last edited by tigger; 21-01-2013 at 12:53. Reason: edited thread title

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