RAF Stenigot – Lincolnshire

RAF Stenigot opened during WWII as a Chain Home radar station. During the 1950s, NATO selected the site for use in it’s Ace High communication programme – a huge communication’s network from Norway to Turkey.

As always, the excellent SubBrit has more details about the site.

Ace High dishes

The station closed during the 1990s and the dishes were dismounted and dumped in a field. They are huge – their diameter is 60ft and weigh roughly 100 tonnes each.

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Receiver block

A small building sits near the dishes – the Chain Home radar station receiver block from WWII. In my recently annoyingly typical forgetfulness, I didn’t photo the outside. I need to write something on my hand about that on my next trip somewhere.

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6 Responses to RAF Stenigot – Lincolnshire

  1. Neil Regan says:

    My family lived at Stenigot in the early 50s. We lived in one of the two married quarters directly under the masts. At the age of 6 I climbed up one of the masts and they had to have a full scale rescue to get me down. When not at school in Donnington on Bain my three brothers and I used to spend our time in the guardroom next door where the RAF police used to make toast for us and we played with the guard dogs.
    The camp was surrounded by a high fence and our dog Maxi used to dig tunnels under the fence.It was the job of one of the poor national servicemen to walk the fence and fill in all the holes.
    I remember one night two of the police were playing cowboys with their guns and one of them got shot!!
    I have fond memories of the place but my mother thought it was the worst place she had ever lived.

  2. Nick reynolds says:

    Could anyone who has anymore information about raf stenigot please put it up, i.e photos or plans of it or anything like that. Many thanks

  3. Tony Allen says:

    Was stationed at RAF Stenigot for 18months of national service from March 55 to Sept 1956.

    There were two sites, domestic site some 1.5 miles or so down the road towards Louth, and main operating site, which survived. What a march to get on duty, in all weathers.

    The Chain Home operation ceased in mid 1955 majority of personnel left, about 100 in all.

    That left us GEE navigational aid guys – all thirty six of us drawing rations for 48 !!
    Main supply base being RAF Manby from which we drew stores etc. Domestic site had sleeping quarters, made up of some eight wooden huts, a brick built NAAFI, guardroom and six single story brick built married quarters. A small nissun hut chapel.

    GEE was expected to be replaced prior to 1956 so equipment was well over sell by date. This system was used by commercial airlines and RAF for navigation. Our operational HQ – control centre was RAF Barkway. Other slave stations in the cahin were at Clee Hill and elsewhere.
    Cossor had the contract for replacement – which never happened – was lead to believe, This eventually became the DECCA system sometime after.

    There were six aerials three steel transmitter aerials(near guardroom gate) and three wooden receiver aerials a mile or so north of the tranmsitter aerials.

    The GEE transmitter block situated near (under) steel aerials and GEE operational/receiver near wooden aerials – the much larger CH operation site was also situated adjacent to the receiving(wooden aerials) enclosed by blast walls.

    The equipment we used was prototype 1939 gear – long past its sell-by date when we were using it in 1955/6 – bearing in mind it was a fully operational site 24/7 it was a miracle there were still planes in the air.

  4. Nick Reynolds says:

    Tony Allen, do you know anything of a lower/underground facility at Stenigot? Many thanks

    • Mike Parker says:

      I was stationed at Stenigot 1954/56 as a CH operator. Nice to see a couple of photos of what remains of our receiver block, but would now like to see more. Do you know if there is access to the site?
      There were no underground facilities as such. Although the transmitter and receiver blocks gave that impression being encased in blast walls and covered with earth. Let me know if there’s more information that you require Regards Mike P

  5. derek broughton says:

    we lived at sparrow hall looking across the fields to stenigot wireless station, before moving to moses yard. my father who worked for the dennis family used to work the land inside the camp to grow crops throughout the war. I can remember him bringing home tins of jam and fruit after working inside the camp, these being a real luxury for us.

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