Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Bawdsey R3 ROTOR Bunker July 13'

  1. #1
    Join Date
    June 2012
    Posts
    881
    Thanked
    755

    Default Bawdsey R3 ROTOR Bunker July 13'


    After a rather splendid weekend exploring across the pond, to say I had itchy feet would be an understatement, so after a nod from Ant, off we went to explore one of my favourite things........ a cold war ROTOR bunker, that we all know, never existed, right :-)

    I have externals of the site from previous visits but have just posted internal pictures of the R3 ROTOR, until now, it has scorned my approaches ;-)

    The following stolen from English heritage

    The site of Bawdsey radar station built in the early 1950s as part of the Rotor programme to modernise the United Kingdom's radar defences. This was a replacement station for the Chain Home station at Bawdsey, located to the south of this site. The Rotor station was fitted with a Type 7 Mark 3 radar head for local search and control, two Type 14 (Mark 8 and Mark 9) plan positioning radar heads, four Type 13 Mark 6 and two Type 13 Mark 7 height finder radar heads, and three Type 54 Mark 3 radar heads for search and control with no IFF (Identification Friend or Foe). The radar heads were mounted on plinths and 25 feet gantries, apart from the Type 54 arrays that were mounted on 200 feet towers. The site was equipped with a guardhouse designed to resemble a bungalow, which gave access to a two-storey, underground R3 operations block. The R3 bunker was completed in 1954. Newly developed Type 80 radar and its associated modulator building was installed in 1958, with two AN/FPS 6 height finding radars. By 1963 Bawdsey had become a Master Radar Station, but in June 1964 it switched to operating as a satellite station to RAF Neatishead. It resumed Master Radar Station status in 1966 until 1974, after a fire damaged Neatishead's control centre. Bawdsey closed in 1975 and in 1977 features of the Rotor station were demolished, including plinths, towers and the Type 80 modulator building. In 1979 Bawdsey reopened as a Bloodhound Mk2 surface to air (SAM) missile site. The guardhouse also remains in derelict condition, and is still attached to the R3 bunker via an access tunnel. The R3 bunker is disused and has been sealed shut.

    And a subbrit linky http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/bawdsey/

    Just one word of warning, this place had the most horrendous red bellied spiders I have ever seen and they really cant be avoided if your desperate to see here.

    Straight from the good old Canon :-)



































    Thanks for looking.
    Last edited by Bones out; 19th Jul 13 at 00:22.
    :::::: Growing old disgracefully ::::::

  2. Thanks given by: Big Bill, chris, Derelict-UK, flyboys90, jindivik, Munchh, oldscrote, onebadpuppy, Pen15, Romford Reject, Stealthstar79, sYnc_below, The aviator, TheVampiricSquid, Tizzme
  3.  
     
  4. #2
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    The Centre of England or near enough
    Posts
    7,219
    Thanked
    4648

    Default


    Ace report & photos thanks for sharing.

  5. #3
    Join Date
    October 2012
    Location
    Leicestershire
    Age
    40
    Posts
    1,152
    Thanked
    1963

    Default


    Interseting site,
    Thanks for sharing!
    “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” ― Roald Dahl

  6. #4
    Join Date
    June 2010
    Posts
    530
    Thanked
    1450

    Default


    Great to know it's back open, not so great to know about the spiders!! :(
    ........:)..........

  7. #5
    Join Date
    June 2012
    Posts
    881
    Thanked
    755

    Default


    Quote Originally Posted by Derelict-UK View Post
    Great to know it's back open, not so great to know about the spiders!! :(

    Indeed, infact pictures of said buggers featured on FB from this very site not long ago, only the post never said anything about where the said buggers lived. I remember seeing said buggers and thought bugger that until I had played Mr mole and saw said buggers all around me with nests of hundreds more of said buggers... Going in, I didnt know, coming out I did!
    :::::: Growing old disgracefully ::::::

  8. #6
    Join Date
    April 2009
    Location
    Kent
    Posts
    232
    Thanked
    126

  9. #7
    Join Date
    June 2012
    Posts
    881
    Thanked
    755

    Default


    Quote Originally Posted by chris View Post
    Thats the one (s). :(
    :::::: Growing old disgracefully ::::::

  10. Thanks given by: chris
  11. #8
    Join Date
    June 2012
    Posts
    881
    Thanked
    755

    Default


    Quote Originally Posted by chris View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bonesout View Post
    Thats the one (s). :(

    Harmless fellows I now know :-) Thanks Chris. :)
    :::::: Growing old disgracefully ::::::

  12. Thanks given by: chris
  13. #9
    Join Date
    April 2009
    Location
    Kent
    Posts
    232
    Thanked
    126

    Default


    Quote Originally Posted by Bonesout View Post
    Harmless fellows I now know :-) Thanks Chris. :)
    I don't know - I've heard people speak of being bitten by them :(

  14. #10
    Join Date
    July 2012
    Location
    Over The Hills And far Away
    Posts
    226
    Thanked
    333

    Default


    Good work Mr Bone's :)

    Looks a nice 'splore does this one. Would like to see this site even if there are spiders haha

    If I can cope with Pretty Vacant in a strop then spiders...... pah!

Similar Threads

  1. Portland ROTOR Bunker
    By godzilla73 in forum Underground Sites
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10th Jun 13, 09:29
  2. Hope cove rotor bunker
    By outkast in forum Military Sites
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 3rd Mar 10, 16:31
  3. RAF Buchan R7 Mk III ROTOR Radar Bunker
    By Seahorse in forum Military Sites
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 18th Mar 09, 12:11
  4. Goldsborough R1 ROTOR Bunker
    By Pegasus2 in forum Military Sites
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 24th Jun 08, 12:22
  5. RAF Bawdsey Bloodhound / ROTOR
    By bobblehead in forum Military Sites
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 1st May 08, 12:03

About us
DerelictPlaces is a forum for people with an interest in the history and documentation of disused, derelict and abandoned buildings to come together and share their experiences, photography and historical findings. Our military, industrial and historical heritage is fast disappearing under the pressure of regeneration, the need for new housing, and often through simple neglect; Our aim is to document these places before they disappear entirely.
Follow us