BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

24 September 2014
suffolksuffolk
DON'T MISS...

BBC Homepage
England
»BBC Local
Suffolk
Things to do
People & Places
Nature
History
Religion & Ethics
Arts and Culture
BBC Introducing
TV & Radio

Sites near Suffolk

Cambridgeshire
Essex
Norfolk

Related BBC Sites

England
 

Contact Us


June 2004
Restoration: Bawdsey transmitter block
Bawdsey transmitter block
'Restoration' - offering a lifeline to one of our threatened architectural gems
An historic Suffolk building features in the series of the popular BBC television series 'Restoration'.

See picture gallery »
SEE ALSO

BBC History: Restoration

Restoration: Bawdsey Manor

Restoration 2003


Codename Suffolk

WEB LINKS

English Heritage

National Trust

The Landmark Trust

RAF Bawdsey Chain Home Radar Station

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.

FACTS

One historic monument has been lost every day since the end of World War Two.

There are 17,000 historic buildings and monuments in the UK at risk.

On an average weekend, more people visit historic buildings in the UK than go to football matches.

This summer BBC2 will once again be travelling all over the UK looking at our architectural heritage. Each programme in the series will feature three buildings from one geographical area.

Viewers will then be asked to vote to help save one of our most endangered buildings.

PRINT THIS PAGE
View a printable version of this page.
get in contact
Restoration 2004


The transmitter block in the grounds of Bawdsey Manor has been chosen as one of the finalists for the new series of Restoration which begins on Saturday 8th May on BBC TWO.

Suffolk-based Griff Rhys Jones presents the programme to launch the 2004 Restoration campaign. He will also announce the 21 historic buildings that viewers will be able to vote for this summer.

The transmitter block

The transmitter block at RAF Bawdsey

With Grade II* listed status, the T-block was built between 1937 and 1939. It is now very overgrown and rather mysterious.

Thirteen WW2 pillboxes encircle the windswept site and at one time the surrounding land was heavily mined because at the start of the last war this was one of the most important buildings in England and pivotal to our victory in the Battle of Britain. It is the world's first radar station.

Radar

In 1936, the RAF bought Bawdsey Manor, an isolated Victorian pile on a particularly desolate part of our Suffolk coastline. In it they housed a remarkable group of boffins, including the physics genius Professor Robert Watson-Watt.

Their task was to develop the nascent radio direction finding technology into an operational device that could detect approaching enemy aircraft from a great distance.

Their invention - Radar - could do just that and Bawdsey became the first of a chain of Radar stations that surrounded the south-east of England.

They located the enemy and directed our spitfires and hurricanes to the Luftwaffe formations before they reached the coast.

Top secret

The work carried out here was so secret that the public only found out about it after the war. Even today, the story of Bawdsey, its Radar and the women who operated it is little known, despite it being of equal importance to the code-breakers of Bletchley Park.

Finalists

The transmitter block at Bawdsey Manor will be up against Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire and the Old Grammar School & Saracen’s Head, Kings Norton.

Picture gallery »

Restoration 2003 in Suffolk »

More on Restoration 2004 »

Top | Don't Miss Index | Home
comments
 

Bob Begley
Sac Begley Played in the Station Football Team 1953 Great time with great guys

ALAN SANDERSON BRADFORD.WST YORKS
WHAT ABOUT THE ANCILLARY STAFFI.E COOKS ETC.WHO DID SO MUCH DON'T WE DESERVE A MENTION?I WAS A COOK IN THE AIRMENS MESS FROM 58' TO 61.IN 61 I GOT MARRIED AND LIVED ON THE FLYING BOAT "ATLANTA" ACROSS THE FERRY FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS BEFORE BEEN POSTED TO GERMANY. HAPPY-HAPPY DAYS.ALAN ( 3526465 S.A.C.SANDERSON

e.David Peterborough
I tried to phone vote at 19.45 Sunday no luck!

  line
 
  we want to hear from you

name and location:
 
comments:
 
 
Disclaimer: The BBC will post as many of your comments as possible but we cannot guarantee that all messages received will be published. The BBC reserves the right to edit those comments that are published.
 
 
More from this section
Features

More features
Great photos
Community!
Music Top Tens win! win! win!

Contact Us

BBC Suffolk Website
Broadcasting House
St Matthew's Street
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP1 3EP

(+44) 01473 250000
suffolk@bbc.co.uk




About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy