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CIVIL BOMBING DECOY C82B

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A Second World War bombing decoy site in Cheddar, 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 Bristol West Depot and operated by displaying simulated marshalling yard lights at night to reconstruct the depot. The site is referenced as being in use until 1943. Aerial photography from 1971 shows a control building surviving 400 metres to the north of the decoy site. The control building would have housed an operations room and provided the decoy crew with shelter.

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