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CIVIL BOMBING DECOY C82A

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A Second World War bombing decoy site on the edge of Black Down, near Burrington. It was constructed as part of the 'C-series' of civil decoys to deflect enemy bombing from Bristol. Built in late 1941 to 1942 this was one of six decoys in the Burrington 'QL' system, a complex layout of lighting decoys designed to reconstruct the whole city of Bristol, as opposed to isolated features within it. This 'QL' decoy was set up to represent Canon's Marsh docks and marshalling yard. It operated by displaying simulated marshalling yard lights, factory and dock lighting to reconstruct the Canon's Marsh area. It is referenced as being in use until 1943. Aerial photography from 1971 shows that the site was situated on woodland and no surviving features of the decoy are visible. However, this site shared a control building with civil decoy 'Burrington C' (see HOB UDI 1469446), which still survives in good condition.

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