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Edinburgh, Corstorphine Hill, Sector Hq R4 Soc And Regional Seat Of Government

Military Headquarters (20th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Corstorphine Hill, Sector Hq R4 Soc And Regional Seat Of Government

Classification Military Headquarters (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Barnton Quarry

Canmore ID 52582

Site Number NT27SW 114

NGR NT 203 748

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

NT27SW 114 203 748

Sector control for 1950s 'rotor' air defence scheme.

N H Clark 1986

Situated on the N part of Corstorphine Hill, immediately S of a quarry, is the World War Two Sector Operation's Headquarters buildings. All that is now visible is the later three storey underground bunker.

During World War Two, the Sector HQ moved from Turnhouse Airfield (NT17SE 70.00) to a group of surface buildings on Corstorphine Hill. In the 1950s the three storey underground Sector Operations Centre was excavated. The building was later designated for use as a Regional Seat of Government in the event of nuclear attack.

J A Guy 1997; NMRS MS 810/5, 101-4

This bunker was sold to a private developer in 1987 and gutted by fire in 1992.

Information from RCAHMS (KM) 16 February 2000.

This ROTOR station designated R4 SOC has over fifty rooms underground on three levels. ROTOR was a replacement for the World War II Chaih Home and Ground Control Interception systems. The R4 series were Sector Operations Centres. The surface buildings are now in porr condition heavily daubed with grafitti.


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