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Edinburgh, Liberton, Braid Hills, Civil Starfish Decoy

Decoy Site (20th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Liberton, Braid Hills, Civil Starfish Decoy

Classification Decoy Site (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Braid Hills Golf Course

Canmore ID 277262

Site Number NT26NE 290

NGR NT 2570 6978

NGR Description Centred NT 2570 6978

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT26NE 290 centred 2570 6978

A Civil Starfish (SF) decoy site has been identified from vertical air photographs (106G/Scot/UK 119, Pt.II, 5152-5153, flown 20 June 1946), situated on the northern part of the Braid Hills within the Golf Course.

The site is visible as at least three small sub-rectangular enclosures with shallow ditches around them, a common feature of Starfish sites. The sites where set alight from a remote control point and were trying to replicate the burning and bombed streets of a town to fool enemy aircraft into dropping bombs on the decoy rather than the target.

No evidence for the control bunker could be seen on the photographs.

Information from RCAHMS (DE, KM), November 2005.


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