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CHAIN HOME EXTRA LOW STATION K164

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The site of a Chain Home Extra Low (CHEL) radar station at Thorpeness. It was commissioned by the Royal Air Force in 1942 to provide low-coverage radar during the Second World War. CHEL sites comprised a Nissen hut with an aerial gantry straddling the roof and a separate standby set house for the reserve power. Defence measures commonly installed at radar stations included Light Anti-Aircraft gun emplacements, pillboxes, road blocks and air raid shelters. Aerial photography from 1969 shows the remains of 6-8 hut bases either side of a path at TM 4740 6048. The remains of a Light Anti-Aircraft gun emplacement survives in poor condition at TM 4750 6024.

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