Bawdsey Manner

Bawdsey Manor was built in 1886 and enlarged in 1895 by William Quilter who was an art collector. He established a steam-powered chain ferry across the River Deben in 1894 to access the nearest railway station at Felixstowe. It was known as the Bawdsey Ferry and ran until 1931. The ferry now operates using a motor-launch at weekends during the summer.

In February 1936 research scientists, including Robert Watson-Watt moved into the Manor to begin research and development into radar for practical military use and it became known as RAF Bawdsey. Stables and outbuildings were converted into workshops and 240 ft wooden receiver towers and 360 ft steel transmitter towers were built. Bawdsey was the Air Ministry's secret radar research establishment until this moved away on the outbreak of war in 1939. Most of the key radar scientists of the day, and the first generation of RAF and WAAF radar personnel, were trained there. From 1937 Bawdsey was operational as the first of the RDF (radar) Chain Home, and during World War 2 also acquired Chain Home Low and Coast Defence/Centimetric equipment for tracking enemy ships. It continued as a radar station through most of the Cold War. Demolition of the 10 towers began in the 1960s, and all are now gone. Bawdsey Manor continued as an RAF base through the Cold War and Bloodhound Missiles were sited on the cliffs until the Bloodhound force ceased operations in 1990, when all the missiles were withdrawn to RAF West Raynham. RAF Bawdsey was closed in 1991.

The Manor is now used as a residential adventure centre for children.
A beautiful piece of architecture with a fabulous history. Good to know it is still in use. Very dramatic shot with the clouds in the background
posted June 19th, 2018  
Awesome picture.
posted June 19th, 2018  
An amazing building with an amazing history :)
posted June 19th, 2018  
Wow. How incredibly interesting and what a wonderful dramatic capture.
posted June 19th, 2018  
Very impressive and interesting.
posted June 19th, 2018  
Wow, what a place! Fav
posted June 19th, 2018  
Very grand :)
posted June 19th, 2018  
looks like there could be a few ghost stories to that place.
posted June 19th, 2018  
What fascinating architecture. Fav
posted June 19th, 2018  
Beautiful architecture, a lovely shot
posted June 19th, 2018  
that's rather lovely. i like the subject being sandwiched by sky and water
posted June 19th, 2018  
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