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Directorate of Telecommunications
DEPOTS; Shapwick


DOT Map Shapwick Region

Introduction
This section contains a collection of scanned photographs relating to Shapwick Depot.

One example of a more unusual UHF site
From a correspondent that worked in the Shapwick Region is an example of the more unusual and difficult to work in UHF base station sites.  Photographs of the Bleadon Hill site near Weston-Super-Mare can be seen on the ROC section of the Subterranea Britannica web site (see note below).  Bleadon Hill was co-located with an ROC Post and in use around mid 1980's.

The Brick structure was formerly believed to be part of an aircraft observation post  and contained a cupboard, which housed a UHF Pye 460 Base Station inside the sloping roof. The mast went down inside the walls making access "interesting" for technicians servicing the base station!

Bleadon Hill UHF Site
Photograph: Bleadon Hill        Source: Subterranea Britannica

Note
To view the Subterranea Britannica photographs click here and then enter Bleadon in the search facility. Regrettably, it is not possible to directly link to the relevant pages as this results in a non W3C compliance.

Acknowledgements:

  • David Waspe; first set of Shapwick pictures taken in the 1970’s and four workshop photos taken 1991-1992.
  • Paul Corkrum; text accompanying five late 1960’s Black & White photos.
  • Peter Bridgeman; Hill Bungalows photo and accompanying text

    page updated: 27/01/15

Wooden Extension P1/5 (late 60's)

Wooden Extension P1/5 (late 60's)

Wooden Extension P2/5 (late 60's)

Wooden Extension P2/5 (late 60's)

Wooden Extension P3/5 (late 60's)

Wooden Extension P3/5 (late 60's)

Wooden Extension P4/5 (late 60's)

Wooden Extension P4/5 (late 60's)

North Side P5/5 (late 60's)

North Side P5/5 (late 60's)

Hill Bungalows

Hill Bungalows

Aerobatics or H&S? P1/5

Aerobatics or H&S? P1/5

Middleton Court P2/5 (late 70's)

Middleton Court P2/5 (late 70's)

David Waspe P3/5 (late 70s)

David Waspe P3/5 (late 70s)

Middleton Court P4/5 (late 70s)

Middleton Court P4/5 (late 70s)

Charterhouse Mendips P5/5 (late 70s)

Charterhouse Mendips P5/5 (late 70s)

Paul Corkrum

Paul Corkrum

Paul Corkrum

Paul Corkrum

Workshop 1

Workshop 1

Workshop 1

Workshop 1

Workshop 3

Workshop 3

Workshop 3

Workshop 3

Click on appropriate thumbnail to view the enlarged image

 

Shapwick - The End
(posted 18/11/2009)

Introduction
Around two years after the 1994 acquisition of DTELS by NTL, Shapwick Depot was closed and sold.  This short video records the final days until the buildings were demolished to make way for a small housing development.

Credit
Martin Chalker for producing the video and Peter Bridgeman for submitting the CD.

Click on this icon to download the video from Martin Chalker

Click on the icon to play this video, you will require Windows Media Player to view.

File Size: 21Mb

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Acknowledgement