Hickleton Hall Instation

Location
Hickleton Hall, nr Doncaster, Yorkshire
Type
Control
Call sign
Inner Control Station A
Network
Special Duties Personnel
Role Name Posted from until
ATS Staff Evelyn Doriel Mary Campbell (Miss) Unknown 03 Dec 1944
ATS Staff Second Subaltern Airlie Abinda Campbell (Miss) May 1942 Sept 1942
ATS Staff Second Subaltern Edith Mary Dallimore (Miss) 04 Sep 1942 25 Jul 1944
ATS Staff Pamela Hay-Whiting (Miss) Unknown 03 Dec 1944
ATS Staff Margery Anne Pye (Miss) Unknown 01 Jan 1943
Operator Second Subaltern Florence Margaret Cole (Miss) 1942 03 Dec 1944
Operator Second Subaltern Eleanor Mary Norman-Butler (Miss) 1942 03 Dec 1944
Operator Second Subaltern Margaret Esme Whiting (Miss) 1942 1942
Station description

Beatrice Temple was stationed at Hickleton for three months and it is she who mentions that the Special Duties Station was in the grounds of the Hall within the Summer House. The Summer House still stands today albeit in ruins on one the highest points of the park above a crag which is not known if it is man made or natural.

When a full walk over the Park was done evidence of the War was still there in abundance, hut bases, rubble, ironwork and not least the remains of the Summer House, It stands atop the highest point in the Park on the edge of a Crag.

The Summer House is rectangle in shape with internal dimensions of approximately 10 feet by 8 feet. From the surviving remains it appears to have had windows in three sides and the front (on the opposite side to the Hall, but facing the sun) was originally completely open. It is presumed that some kind of temporary wall or screen would have been added during its Special Duties use. The floor is covered in rubble and soil but probing suggests that it retains a flagstone floor over its entire area. What is of significance is the proximity of hut bases from the army camp. The nearest of them is perhaps only nine yards away. The huts surround it on all three sides, the rear facing out over the slope back towards the Hall. It is reasonable to presume that either the huts were placed close to it once it had passed out of Special Duties use or that the occupants of the nearer huts were not considered to be a security issue for the use of the Summer House. Possibly the nearest one was the billet for the operators.

Although the trees within the vicinity of the Summer House are a plenty none are of substantial age that they were there in 40’s and information from the Landowner was that he removed trucks of trees after the bad storm in 1987 so evidence of aerial cables are now long gone.

 

Pictures
Image
Caption & credit
Hickleton Hall from Jim Gascoyne
Map Location

Hickleton Hall Instation

References

Alan Williamson, Duncan Simpson, Andy Gwynne

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