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Location DB > England > Cornwall > Newquay > Trerew Radar Base
Trerew Radar Base
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created by GC Intercept on 11/28/2007 10:04 AM
last modified by GC Intercept on 11/28/2007 4:46 PM
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Being a west coast radar station there were two receiver and transmitter blocks with duplicate equipment. West Coast blocks were either completely covered with earth (Type C) or had unprotected roofs (Type B). The transmitter aerials were on 325' guyed steel masts The site is now occupied by Trerew Farm and is spilt by the A3075. The two C Type transmitter and receiver blocks still exist, one transmitter block to the east of the A3075 and the other three blocks and various domestic buildings on the opposite side of the road. Various mast bases and balance weight bases are also visible in the surrounding fields. The blocks have ventilation 'chimneys' protruding through the earth cover. The transmitter block to the east of the A3075 is the best preserved retaining floor standing equipment cabinets in poor condition, ventilation trunking and a large extractor above the transmitter position. The duplicate block on the opposite side of the road has another equipment cabinet and switchgear. Even the two toilet cubicles remain intact and in good condition. No physical evidence of the masts remains other than footings and scraps of metal fabrications. The bunkers are overgrown and have suffered over the years from the ravages of being situated in arable farmland. Some buildings are used for agricultural purposes. The earth covering on some of the bunkers has also suffered from weathering and erosion, revealing the internal architecture and construction methodology. The administration block occupies the northern edge of the site and is a myriad of small rooms, corridors, annexes and small buildings, This part of the site appears to have been used as pens/stockades for farm animals and the general state of the rooms appers to be evidence of this. There are many traces within the buildings which reveal the spatial utility of certain areas, however, one can never be absolutely correct in ones assumptions - especially when many of the activities conducted at Trerew may be lost to history due to the effect of the Official Secrets Act, an act which undoubtedly would have silenced many of those who worked at the site and who may now be deceased. This site is very similar to the WW2 radar base at Goonhilly. The bunkers are roughly the same except the ceilings on some appear to be higher.
 Basic Information
Type: Buildings
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

Newquay, Cornwall
Owner: Trerew Farm
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • Structural instability
  •  Interesting Features
    This is a very well preserved relic of a World War 2 Radar station, most of the bunkers are still standing and accessible plus numerous other structures are present within the site. The architectural forms and the layout of the space itself is highly evocative of military science during the 1940s era. The buildings that remain display many curious features which stubbornly guard their now anachronistic functions. The agricultural context which now defines the space on which the site rests serves to enhance not only the derelict state of the remaining buildings, but also their redundancy and irrelevance in a peacetime setting.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  • Farmer who may not want the premium on his public liability insurance to increase
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1940
    Closed: 1945
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • long pants / sleeves
  • boots
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Trerew Radar Station was built during WW2 as part of the Chain Home (CH) network with an AMES Type 1 Radar. It was alternatively known as Caranton and Caranton Trerew and came under 78 wing. After 1945 the AMES 7000 Radar was taken out of service and the AMES 1 reactivated as part of the ROTOR network continuing its war time role as a Chain Home station.
     Media Coverage
    This site is listed on Subterranea Britannica's website.
     Future Plans
    Some structures appear to be in advanced states of decay and may have to be made safe in the future.

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    GCI and The Great Artiste do Trerew (Features)
    Wed, Nov 28th, 2007
    posted by GC Intercept
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    GCI and The Great Artiste do Trerew
    Wed, Nov 28th, 2007
    posted by GC Intercept
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  • on Dec 7 07 at 3:50, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 28 07 at 18:51, GC Intercept updated gallery picture Mesh partition
  • on Nov 28 07 at 17:13, GC Intercept updated gallery picture Transmitter Bunker in Cauliflower Field
  • on Nov 28 07 at 17:10, GC Intercept updated gallery picture Internal view
  • on Nov 28 07 at 17:07, GC Intercept updated gallery picture Vent Stack
  • on Nov 28 07 at 17:06, GC Intercept updated gallery picture Entrance
  • on Nov 28 07 at 17:05, GC Intercept updated gallery picture Wirework partition
  • on Nov 28 07 at 17:04, GC Intercept updated gallery picture Wirework partition
  • on Nov 28 07 at 17:04, GC Intercept updated gallery picture Entrance
  • on Nov 28 07 at 17:02, GC Intercept updated gallery picture Chain Home Antennae
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