Directorate of Telecommunications
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!
Photograph: Bleadon Hill Source: Subterranea Britannica
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.
- 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