Edgarley Outstation

Edgarley, Somerset
Call sign
Chirnside 5
Special Duties Personnel
Role Name Posted from Until
Operator Captain Kenneth Sidney Marsh Unknown 20 Jul 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.

In an interview of 1997, Lance 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.
Edgarley Manor Farm is now part of Millfield School.

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

Station accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it
Station Status
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Edgarley 1946 aerial photo showing hut
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1931 Map showing Edgarley Manor Farm
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Edgarley Manor Farm
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Edgarley Manor board
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Edgarley Manor
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Edgarley Manor corner of field where it appears the hut was
Map Location

Edgarley Outstation


Arthur Gabbitas
Donald Brown
Travel and Newspaper Records
Somerset Historic Environment Record site 20568
Chris Perry
Roger Parsons - Edgarley Archivist