Hereford & Worcester

Worcestershire teenagers find war defence site

Work experience teenagers have found a long-lost WWII defence site in Worcestershire.

They discovered what is believed to be a searchlight site at Ronkswood Hill nature reserve, after investigating a section of uneven terrain.

The Royal Artillery used searchlights there to identify German aircraft, it is believed.

The Defence of Worcestershire Project supported the findings of the 14 to 17-year-olds, the county council said.

'Future generations'

The site on Leopard Hill - believed to date to about 1940 - was previously thought to be the remains of an old golf course.

The youngsters concluded that it was more likely to have been used as a defence site, following an earthwork survey and a research project.

Mick Wilks and Colin Jones, from the Defence of Worcestershire Project, revealed there had been such a site in Ronkswood but its exact location was previously unknown.

Deborah Overton, Worcestershire County Council historic environment record officer, said: "Our rare find is so exciting and fortunately, because it lies within a nature reserve, it will continue to be preserved for future generations."

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