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CHAIN HOME RADAR STATION CH08

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  RAF POLING
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The site of a Chain Home radar station at Poling established by April 1938. The station provided early warning of approaching enemy aircraft for the south coast, particularly in the the Portsmouth to Brighton area, during the Second World War. It was part of the network of radar warning systems for the key 11 Group RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. Chain Home stations comprised transmission and receiver blocks, four 240ft timber receiver aerial towers, four 350ft steel transmitter aerial towers that stood on concrete pads, and other buildings such as dispersed accommodation huts, guard huts and standby set houses. From 1940 defensive measures were installed at radar stations, including Light Anti-Aircraft gun emplacements, pill boxes, road blocks and air raid shelters. The site was remodelled and technically restored in the early 1950s as part of the Rotor programme. Aerial photography from 1970 shows that a receiver block (located at TQ 044 051), a radar plinth and a guard house remain extant at the site. The rest of the station has been removed and given over to agricultural use.

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