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The Beam towers near Melbourneat Rockbank and Fiskvile were stillup into the 1960's and looked veryimpressive as you went along the western Highway. The construction was the same as the Tetney ones.I assumed they were used for beamtraffic till they were removed butmaybe they had been retired forsome time.
I was born in Winthorpe Skegness and as children in the 1960s we used to walk from the local council estate across the fields to what we called the wireless station. The building contained piles of pigeon beans put there by a local farmer I presume, we would climb in through the windows and play in the empty building which looked just like the one at Tetney. In the nearby field on the other side of the road from the building we would lay in the sun on top of the concrete blocks. I remember the large metal rings attached to the blocks. I remember we didn’t associate the blocks with the radio masts and we would speculate that they were tank obstacles or there to stop planes landing during the war. Those were the days. The building has now been turned into a residence, The shell of the building looks the same as the old building I remember from nearly 50 years ago.
Jr mccallum was my uncle who was station head at Bodmin from early 50s until he died approx 1974. Very good article. appreciate any info re Jack Mccallum
Thank you for the work you've done here. When I lived in Cleethorpes I would regularly pass the "square thickets" on the way to Tetney and always wondered what they were for. My Dad knew they contained concrete blocks and thought they may have been used for tethering planes down in high winds. At least now I know. Wasn't there also a radio array behind the military houses at Waltham? I'm sure I remember those or am I imagining things.
Yes there was a radio station at New Waltham, it was operated by the Royal Navy. This site was the Primary high power station when it opened about 1909/10. I think it closed in late 1970s /early 1980s.I worked there in 1970/1. I did not know of the existence of the Tetney Beam Station but by coincidence I worked for Cable & Wireless after leaving the Royal Navy in 1977
Im an ex RAF Telegraphist and enjoyed the article very much. Thanks. Most places I served had a cable and wireless site. Steve Louth Lincs
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