Dirleton, Ground Control Intercept Radar Station

Radar Station (20th Century)

Site Name Dirleton, Ground Control Intercept Radar Station

Classification Radar Station (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Dirleton New Mains Farm

Canmore ID 121938

Site Number NT58SW 72

NGR NT 51679 84851

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council East Lothian
  • Parish Dirleton
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District East Lothian
  • Former County East Lothian

Archaeology Notes

NT58SW 72 51679 84851

This radar station is situated to the N of Dirleton village and some 150m NE of Dirleton New Mains farm. It consists of a large long building with several separate brick and concrete huts. The radar station formed part of the ground control of the interception radar (G C I) for the Edinburgh area.

J A Guy 1997; NMRS MS 810/5, 165, 176-7, 184

The radar station was the Ground Control of Interception (GCI) radar for the Edinburgh area. The operations block is at NT 5168 8484. The station had various radar types including a type 7, which was a final G.C.I. version consisting of a large fixed aerial with equipment in an underground well below; a type 8, mobile G.C.I. and a type 21 which was a development of the G.C.I. comprising type 13 (height finder) and 14 (accurate detection, giving range and bearing radars operating in conjunction. The type 21 thus provided three dimensional information, range and bearing and also height.

Information from Mr I Brown to RCAHMS, 19 October 1998

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