News: “Over the graves of the Druids and under the wreck of Rome,
Rudely but surely they bedded the plinth of the days to come.
Behind the feet of the Legions and before the Norseman’s ire
Rudely but greatly begat they the framing of State and Shire
Rudely but deeply they laboured, and their labour stand till now.
If we trace on ancient headlands the twist of their eight-ox plough.”

-Rudyard Kipling
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Author Topic: RAF Swingate, Dover.  (Read 51845 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline kyn

  • Administrator
  • Established Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7429
  • Appreciation 421
    • Sheppey History
Re: RAF Swingate, Dover.
« Reply #73 on: August 14, 2015, 23:42:28 »
The view from Dover Castle

Offline cliveh

  • Established Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1236
  • Appreciation 154
    • Kent's Historical Sites
Re: RAF Swingate, Dover.
« Reply #72 on: January 13, 2014, 15:57:59 »
Yes it does weedon. There's also a seperate listing for the transmitter site and one of the masts

cliveh

weedon

  • Guest
Re: RAF Swingate, Dover.
« Reply #71 on: January 11, 2014, 19:52:12 »
Does this link relate to the same site as the subject of this topic?

http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-1405533-receiver-site-and-royal-observer-corps-

Offline cliveh

  • Established Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1236
  • Appreciation 154
    • Kent's Historical Sites
Re: RAF Swingate, Dover.
« Reply #70 on: October 21, 2013, 16:34:27 »
These huge concrete bases are all that remain of the four towers that once stood on the Receiver Site:

cliveh


Offline kyn

  • Administrator
  • Established Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7429
  • Appreciation 421
    • Sheppey History
Re: RAF Swingate, Dover.
« Reply #69 on: October 21, 2013, 14:42:32 »
 :)

Offline cliveh

  • Established Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1236
  • Appreciation 154
    • Kent's Historical Sites
Re: RAF Swingate, Dover.
« Reply #68 on: October 21, 2013, 14:24:04 »
You didn't seem quite as excited as me ha ha!

No - you were like a little girl who's just found all her pressies under the Christmas Tree!!  :)

cliveh

Offline kyn

  • Administrator
  • Established Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7429
  • Appreciation 421
    • Sheppey History
Re: RAF Swingate, Dover.
« Reply #67 on: October 21, 2013, 14:08:12 »
You didn't seem quite as excited as me ha ha!

Offline cliveh

  • Established Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1236
  • Appreciation 154
    • Kent's Historical Sites
Re: RAF Swingate, Dover.
« Reply #66 on: October 21, 2013, 13:58:07 »
The building in Cliveh's pictures was queried on the forum as possibly the receiver room, it is very well protected with huge blast walls and I have never known it to be open. 
[

It looked like the farmer had been using it as a shelter for his animals!! Felt like it underfoot too!!  :)

It was quite exciting to find it opened up!

cliveh

Offline kyn

  • Administrator
  • Established Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7429
  • Appreciation 421
    • Sheppey History
Re: RAF Swingate, Dover.
« Reply #65 on: October 21, 2013, 08:36:21 »
The building in Cliveh's pictures was queried on the forum as possibly the receiver room, it is very well protected with huge blast walls and I have never known it to be open. 
















Offline cliveh

  • Established Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1236
  • Appreciation 154
    • Kent's Historical Sites
Re: RAF Swingate, Dover.
« Reply #64 on: October 20, 2013, 17:24:04 »
Some photos from a very wet & muddy visit yesterday!

cliveh

Offline kyn

  • Administrator
  • Established Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7429
  • Appreciation 421
    • Sheppey History
Re: RAF Swingate, Dover.
« Reply #63 on: September 04, 2012, 09:31:07 »
Well done JohnG, it is great that people respect the importance of these sites.

Offline JohnG

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 411
  • Appreciation 33
Re: RAF Swingate, Dover.
« Reply #62 on: September 03, 2012, 22:37:36 »
It may be of interest to the forum readers that I put in an application to get RAF Swingate listed and the application has been successful and it is now a listed site.  This will not safeguard the remaining masts as they are moving all the time with the wind, this means it suffers wear which will one day make the mast unsafe.  If the masts are not in use no one will pay for their maintenance and sadly one day they will have to come down.  The rest of the site is now listed.

Offline Islesy

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 703
  • Appreciation 43
    • National Three Peaks Challenge 2012, raising funds for Help for Heroes
Re: RAF Swingate, Dover.
« Reply #61 on: December 09, 2011, 23:09:44 »
It's not glass I'm afraid, just metalwork...
Three Peaks Challenge 2012 - raising funds for Help for Heroes
www.bmycharity.com/Islesy

TimR

  • Guest
Re: RAF Swingate, Dover.
« Reply #60 on: December 09, 2011, 21:58:36 »
So what is the function of the glass pyramid? Anyone ever been inside? I've tried to locate some close up photos of it but have only managed to get it in the background of the masts.

beadle

  • Guest
Re: RAF Swingate, Dover.
« Reply #59 on: April 04, 2011, 20:46:32 »
Regarding a fully WW11 spec. replica radar tower at Swingate, had the demolished tower been the only original feature on site, maybe it would be more difficult to justify it.  In the context of the whole site, however, the demolished tower is only one small but very prominent  feature of a fairly comprehensive site. Replacement of the tower would therefore become a small but very important enhancement .
Regarding replicas in general, how much of HMS Victory is original. The same can be said for many of our "historical" survivors, be they buildings, ships, vehicles or whatever. I believe that historically speaking, our radar towers are just as important as the Victory or even the Tower of London. Better a rebuilt tower than no tower at all.

 

BloQcs design by Bloc
SMF 2.0.11 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines