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Thought I'd mention it in case anyone wasn't aware, bonus points for any creepy window shots at an abandoned asylum during a partial eclipse surely? 07:41 - 11:50 UTC/GMT, 40-90% blocked from most of UK, 90%+ way oop north. More info here.
Myself, Hood_mad and our dear old mum (yeah, really, she's 61) attempted to visit the St Twynells ROTOR station. St Twynnell's Rotor was one of a network of modern radar defenses conceived in the early 1950's as a response to the increased threat posed by soviet bomber forces. The Target date for its completetion was september 1953 but it is one of two rotor stations listed in the project file without a completion dates. The manufacture's installation plates on most of the plant remaining is dated 1954. St Twynells was never fully operational in 1952 most of the radar installations planned for the site were cancelled and only they type 80 control radar remained in plan but this too was cancelled in june 1953 when St Twynnells dropped to the bottom of the priority list of stations to be fitted out. only mobile type 11 radar was ever used at st twynells despite the completed radar bases which still sit across the road from the rotor bunker. We parked by the community centre and walked across the road to the group of radar bases. We had a quick look in each of the four radar bases, climbing to the top and taking some photos. We walked over to the main building on this side of the road, and had a look. Once we were happy we'd seen all we were going to see, we hastily made our way over to the other side to get to the main ROTOR site. As we were walking towards it, we spotted the ROC post on the hill and couldn't pass up the opportunity. Whilst Hood_Mad was still in the ROC post, the farmer turned up, blocking the road with his landrover in the way of the people who own the house on the site (who are really nice and love a great moan about him). He gave us a bit of a bollocking and showed us the way out. J.