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Kirkwall, Towerhill, Inganess Road, Raf Sector Operations And Gun Control Room

Communications Station (20th Century)

Site Name Kirkwall, Towerhill, Inganess Road, Raf Sector Operations And Gun Control Room

Classification Communications Station (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Inganess; Berstane Road; Quoylandy Loan

Canmore ID 81783

Site Number HY40NE 28

NGR HY 46032 09691

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Kirkwall And St Ola
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY40NE 28.00 46032 09691

HY40NE 28.01 centred HY 4625 0950 and HY 4605 0940 Military Camps

A large building situated to the SE of Kirkwall on the Inganess Road, used as a Repeater station.

J Guy 1993; NMRS MS 810/2.

This was a RAF Sector Operations Room and also Gun Control Room. The book on 226 HAA battery (Thomson) refers to it being at 'Quoydandy Loan'.

Information via e-mail to RCAHMS from M Briscoe, 25 June 2004

A large brick and reinforced concrete building situated to the N of Inganess Road and W of Berstane Road. A second smaller structure is situated on the NW side of the building. Orginally set within a high fenced enclosure much of which has now been vandalised.

Until recently the building retained many of the original fittings relating to communications, but since a sale it has been systematically stripped and vandalised and is now both internally and externally being used as a dumping ground. The main structure of the building however, remains substantially complete.

The building was the main direction and communication centre for the defence of the Orkney Islands.

WW II RAF vertical air photographs (NLA 16, 611-612, flown 22 June 1941) show this building in the early stages of construction and additionally two accommodation camps are visible on these photographs(HY40NE 28.01) close-by.

Visited by RCAHMS (DE, GS), August 1999 and 2000


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