Edgarley Outstation

Location
Edgarley, Somerset
Type
Outstation
Call sign
Chirnside 5
Special Duties Personnel
Role Name Posted from until
Operator Captain Kenneth Marsh Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Station description

The Special Duties wireless set was recorded as operating out of a hut or box at Edgarley Manor Farm, Edgarley near Glastonbury in Somerset. The telephone number being Glastonbury 89.
This was concealed as, or part of, a chicken house that was located between the farm house and Wick Lane.

Today Edgarley Manor Farm forms part of Millfield School, the farmland now being sports pitches. Nothing remains on the site today.

In an interview of 1997, Lieutenant Corporal Arthur Gabbitas (Auxiliary Units Signals) recalled the difficulty they had when maintaining stations in a more urban setting. Delivering and changing heavy batteries regularly, without arousing suspicions of watchful neighbours, must have been a challenge. Though close to the main road, this site would not have attracted unwanted attention as frequent visiting to and from the hut would have been usual.

A 1946 aerial photo shows Edgarley Manor (far left) on the main road (A361) with Wick Lane running up on its right. Between the house and the lane is a small structure that could be the wireless site /chicken hut

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References

Arthur Gabbitas
Donald Brown
Travel and Newspaper Records
Somerset Historic Environment Record site 20568