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Offline cliveh

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Re: Abbotscliff Sound Mirror, near Dover / Folkestone
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2013, 14:03:17 »
This was our last port of call on Saturday by which time we were both soaked through!!

A few photos from a very brief visit!

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Re: Abbotscliff Sound Mirror, near Dover / Folkestone
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2013, 07:47:23 »
I'd guess the 200ft mirror at Lade...

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Re: Abbotscliff Sound Mirror, near Dover / Folkestone
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2013, 06:08:12 »
Layzee   -

Nice photo.       I did hear a tale that at one of the sound mirrors it was possible to hear the trains starting from Calais Maritime station . . . . . .

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Re: Abbotscliff Sound Mirror, near Dover / Folkestone
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2013, 01:08:03 »
Was up at the mirror yesterday afternoon took this picture of it

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Re: Abbotscliff Sound Mirror, near Dover / Folkestone
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2010, 22:04:56 »
The Abbotscliff Sound Mirror was constructed by Lewis Bros, Builders, of Dover. My father-in-law was an apprentice carpenter with Lewis Bros from 1926 to 1936 and while an apprentice helped construct the form-work for 'casting' the concrete to make the mirror.  When he was alive he told me of the construction but he had not visited the site since being involved in the 1920s even though living in Dover all his life except for service in WW2. I and my wife have also not visited the site but the photographs have prompted us to do so on our next visit to Folkestone & Dover.

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Re: Abbotscliff Sound Mirror, near Dover / Folkestone
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2010, 20:51:34 »
This mirror made an appearance on the Channel 4 programme Genius Of Britain last week. 2nd June

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/genius-of-britain/4od#3074561

All in the first 5 minutes.
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Re: Abbotscliff Sound Mirror, near Dover / Folkestone
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2010, 10:06:23 »
They did a trial on "Coast", first episode I think, which may have been repeated a couple of weeks back. Range was about 15 miles but once aircraft speed got up to 100-150mph this only gave 6-8 minutes at best. Might  be available to view on line

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Re: Abbotscliff Sound Mirror, near Dover / Folkestone
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2010, 19:49:33 »
By all accounts, very accurate. The problem was that they were obsolete almost as soon as they were built, as aircraft design (and speed) had come on to the point that any plane detected by these dishes would have appeared before there was time to alert the air defences nearby and so any advantage that may have been gained was lost.

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Re: Abbotscliff Sound Mirror, near Dover / Folkestone
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2010, 19:32:39 »
I wonder how accurate they were ?

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Re: Abbotscliff Sound Mirror, near Dover / Folkestone
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2010, 19:52:17 »
Took a walk up here today, a couple of different views.


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Re: Abbotscliff Sound Mirror, near Dover / Folkestone
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2010, 16:50:39 »
Completed in 1928 at a cost of £650.00




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Abbotscliff Sound Mirror, near Dover / Folkestone
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2009, 22:08:59 »
Graffitti artists get everywhere - but I must admit to having to make a double-take as I flew past the Abbotscliff sound mirror last week.
I waz ere Geoff it says, and so I was - but it wasn't me, honest! And whoever you are you should be ashamed of yourself
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