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Report - A5 Radio Station, nr. Lutterworth - September 2014

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Ben_Spencer, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. Ben_Spencer

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    Just outside of Lutterworth on the border on Leicestershire/Northamptonshire visited September 2014. Not to sure what exactly this place is however I believe it was used by the MOD and later on in life o2. I'd been past this place many times but never stopped to check it out. When walking up to the entrance I noticed some caravans, one burnt out and one on it's side along with the burnt out remains of what looked like a building. I'm guessing the occupants stopped to relive the site of it's copper and then moved on. Building is relatively vandalised however the actually brick work itself is sound in most places from what I could tell. Hope you enjoy looking through some of the images I took whilst exploring. This was my first time so it was all very exciting and look forward to the next time.

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    Re: A5 Radio Station

    Is this place anywhere near to 'Magna Park' on the A5 (The former RAF Bitteswell) ? and perhaps related to it? (a former mess perhaps)
     
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    Re: A5 Radio Station

    Yes it's about a mile or so from Magna Park. I believe it was used by the MOD in it's early life. Pretty large for a singular mess though.
     
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    Re: A5 Radio Station

    Near to it but not related.

    History from Yorrick's report

    In the early part of the 20th century, the British government showed considerable interest in developing a series of powerful radio transmitters that would join the British Empire together via radio links.

    Some of this work was completed by the Marconi company but the government decided to build its own Post Office-run communication station to avoid being reliant on Marconi.

    Hillmorton, near Rugby, along with Leafield in Oxfordshire, were chosen as excellent sites for transmitting…..

    …During World War II many of Rugby's transmitters were used by the armed forces….

    At the end of the war the station was reconverted to cope with the rapidly increasing demand for overseas telephone circuits and it was soon found that the demand for those circuits was outstripping the available plant. Accordingly arrangements were made to purchase a further seven hundred acres of land adjoining the site and work was commenced on the construction of a new building to house twenty-eight transmitters of the most modern type.

    The new station, probably the biggest ever built as a single project, was well in advance of any other in existence at that time in technique and in the extent to which it economised in manpower. The new station or ("B" Building) was put into operation in 1953.

    In the early nineties “A†building ceased transmitting and was converted to BT’s document storage facility (it’s still in use)

    “B†building was used up to 2007

    “C†is still used for transmitting maritime traffic..
     
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    Looks a bit trashed... Thanks for posting and sharing!
     
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    Looking good mate :)
     
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    Thanks for posting Ben :thumb
     
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    I only live a mile from here and have eyed it up time and time again but didnt want to do it alone.

    Over the past few months I think a lot of people have been there trashing it, I've seen cars/bikes parked outside on a few occasions and even people leaving there once. Over the last month or so the wooden hut that was too the right of the building has been pulled down, a caravan over-turned and another smashed up. When I first went and eyed it up...about a year ago, it was nothing like the state it's obviously in now. Shame its been ruined, however, they are building on the land soon so I dont think it will be there much longer.
     
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    Believe people had been living in there at some point due to a letter posted on the main entrance basically stating that the only way they could be move on was with a court order. No worries I hope to explore some other places soon:)
     
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    Same with me but I had my partner with me so it was okay. A little spooky at times but all in a all an interesting visit.
     
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    This is one of those places you think can never get more trashed yet it gets worse every time!
     
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    After seeing the pictures in Yorrick's report I can see it is to large for a mess, and 1953 matches the EIIR Date stone. Its location being close to a large former RAF Station suggested it may have been, and glad a history has now been added along with an amended title with date.
     
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    nice one!
     
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