Swingate Chain Home Station, Dover

Transmitter towers, now in use for BBC FM transmission

Transmitter towers, now in use for BBC FM transmission

Date

11 February 2013
Location

Swingate, Dover, Kent

TR 33591 43178; 51.14018°N, 1.33795°E

Information

The Chain Home system was a network of coastal early-warning radar stations initially set up before the start of World War II to detect approaching aircraft. Swingate, constructed from 1936 to 1938, was one of these stations. The facility originally had four 350-ft steel transmitter towers and four 240-ft wooden receiver towers. After the war all four wooden towers and one of the four steel transmitter towers were demolished. Of the three remaining towers, one was later replaced, one was taken down in 2010, and one still survives. The station now serves as a BBC FM radio transmission site.

Swingate Chain Home Station (Underground Kent);
Swingate transmitting station (Wikipedia)

Receiving tower bases

Receiving tower bases

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