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Chain Home Low Stations - UK


The map below shows the approximate location of the stations equipped with CHL sets as part of the 'Chain Home' network.  Further details on each station is contained in the table below, click on the number in the map to take you to relevant details.

For a full list of known UK Radar Stations click here.

 

No Name Details
1 Walton (Tower) By January 1941 this was station 23A and was commissioned during 1942/43 .
2 Whitstable By January 1941 this was station 02A.  It was commissioned during 1942/43.
3 Foreness 1 & 2 Also Type 13.  By January 1941 this was stations 03A (1) and 03B (2) with 03A being held in reserve.  It was commissioned in 1942/43 as a Type 271(10cm) station.
4 North Foreland It was commissioned during 1942/43 as both a CD/CHL station and a CMH (Type 13)  station.
5 Fairlight By January 1941 this was station 05A.  It was commissioned in 1942/43 as a CMH (Type 13)  station.
6 Beachy Head By January 1941 this was station 07A.  It was commissioned in 1942/43 as a Type 14 station with Type 273 Naval equipment.
7 Truleigh Hill By January 1941 this was station 07B
8 Boniface Down  
9 Worth Matravers (Renscombe Down)

The area around the Dorset village of Worth Matravers was home to a number of radar units, the main one being called Renscombe Down, it consisted of a Chain Home (CH) station with two 240ft. wooden masts (station 12) on 'A-Site' and a Chain Home Low (CHL) station on the cliff top (Station 12A).  During the early part of the war these stations were involved in development work under the auspices of the Telecommunications Establishment.  This Establishment had been moved to Worth Matravers in May 1940 after firstly being evacuated to Dundee from its original location at Bawdsey Manor in Suffolk, where it was considered to too at risk from German attacks.  Aircraft, for calibration duties were initially operated from Christchurch until facilities at Hurn became available.

As the sites around Worth Matravers expanded they began to attract enemy attention and an alternative location was sought, resulting in a moved to Malvern in May 1942.  The stations at Renscombe Down continued operation after the radar scientists left and the site was also used to assembly and training a number of radar and signals unit prior to their dispatch overseas.  After the war, the sites were used by the RAF as a training station.

10 Westcliffe It was commissioned as a CD/CHL station during 1942/43.
11 Beer Head It was commissioned in 1942/43 as a CMH (Type 13)  station.  In October 1945 it was scheduled to be placed in Care & Maintenance
12 Bolt Tail It was commissioned as a CD/CHL station during 1942/43.
13 Rame Head By January 1941 this was station 15A.  In October 1945 it was scheduled to be placed in Care & Maintenance
14 The Jacka It was commissioned as a CD/CHL station during 1942/43.
15 Pen Oliver It was commissioned in 1942/43 as both a CMH (Type 13) station and a Type 271(10cm) station.
16 St Marks Castle  
17 Trevose Head  
18 Hartland Point  
19 St Twynnell's Site (ii) was commissioned during 1942/43 with the original site (i) being released for Type 9000 use.
20 Kete  
21 Strumble Head It was commissioned during 1942/43.
22 Pen y Bryn It was commissioned during 1942/43 .
23 South Stack  
24 Great Orme Head  
25 Prestatyn  
26 Hawcoat  
27 Creignish By January 1941 this was station 63A.  It was commissioned in 1942/43 as a CD No 1 Mk V station.
28 Ballymartin By January 1941 this was proposed as station 78A.
29 Roddans Point By January 1941 this was proposed as station 61A, a re-siting of the station at Ballycranmore.
30 Downhill By January 1941 this was proposed as station 59A and was commissioned during 1942/43 as both a CHL station and a CD No 1 Mk V station.
31 Glenarm By January 1941 this was proposed as station 60A.
32 Kilcharrin By January 1941 this was proposed as station 58A and was commissioned during 1942/43.
33 Ben Hough  
34 Kilkenneth This was commissioned during 1942/43 as a CHL station with one source indicating that it was also commissioned as a CH station.
36 Greian Head  
37 Islivig By January 1941 this could be the site proposed for station 85A. By October 1945 it was retained for Flying Control purposes only
38 Eorodale By January 1941 this could be the site proposed for station 85A. By October 1945 it was retained for Flying Control purposes only
39 Crustan By January 1941 this was under construction as Station 72.
40 Russland In October 1945 it was a GCI station as well but scheduled to be placed in Care & Maintenance
41 Deerness By January 1941 this was station 50A.  It was commissioned in 1942/43 as a CMH (Type 13)  station.
42 South Ronaldsay By January 1941 this was station 50B and was commissioned during 1942/43 as a duplicate station.
43 Saxa Vord By January 1941 this was station 54A.
44 Watsness It was commissioned during 1942/43 .
44A Clett It was commissioned during 1942/43.
45 Compass Head/Grutness By January 1941 this was station 56A.
45A Fair Isle North and South By January 1941 these were stations 53A (North) and 53B (South).
46 Dunnet Head By January 1941 this was station 49B.  It was commissioned during 1942/43 and by October 1945 it was scheduled to be placed in Care & Maintenance
47 Ulbster It was commissioned during 1942/43.
47A Tannach By January 1941 this was station 49A.
48 Crannock Hill It was commissioned as a CD/CHL station during 1942/43.
49 Cocklaw By January 1941 this was under construction as station 47B.
50 Doonies Hill By January 1941 this was station 46A and was commissioned during 1942/43 as both a duplicate CHL station and a CD No 1 Mk V station.  In October 1945 it was scheduled to be placed in Care & Maintenance
51 St Cyrus By January 1941 this was station 45A.  It was commissioned in 1942/43 as a CD No 1 Mk V station.
52 Anstruther By January 1941 this was station 43A.
53 Cockburnspath By January 1941 this was station 42A.
54 Lamberton Moor  
55 Bamburgh By January 1941 this was station 41A and was commissioned during 1942/43 as a Tower station.
56 Kinley Hill  
57 Goldsborough It was commissioned as a CD/CHL station during 1942/43.
58 Bempton By January 1941 this was station 37A and was commissioned during 1942/43.
60 Humberston  
61 Skendleby Type 5.  By January 1941 this was station 34A and was commissioned during 1942/43.
62 Bard Hill It was commissioned as a CD/CHL station during 1942/43.
63 Happisburgh By January 1941 this was station 31A and was commissioned during 1942/43 as both a CHL Tower station and a CMH (Type 13)  station.
64 Hopton By January 1941 this was station 30A and was commissioned during 1942/43 as a CHL Tower station.  It later took over the CMH (Type 13) equipment from North Foreland and Kingswear.
65 Dunwich By January 1941 this was station 28A.  During 1942/43 it was commissioned as a Tower station.  In October 1945 it was scheduled to be placed in Care & Maintenance
66 Bawdsey This was the site of the first CH station ad was involved in the early development work on the system.  By January 1941 this was station 26A. 
67 Rosehearty By January 1941 this was station 47A.  In October 1945 it was scheduled to be placed in Care & Maintenance
68 Cromarty By January 1941 this was station 48A.
69 Swingate (Dover) By January 1941 this was station 04A.
  Sanday, Orkney This was proposed to be built as Station 54A by January 1941 but no evidence as been found to suggest it was completed.

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