Salisbury Instation

Location
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Type
Control
Call sign
Inner Control Station F
Network
Special Duties Personnel
Role Name Posted from until
ATS Staff Second Subaltern Muriel Helen Hackwood (Miss) 27 Jun 1942 03 Dec 1944
Operator Second Subaltern Rosemary Anne Astley-Cooper (Miss) 1942 1942
Operator Second Subaltern Dorothy Eileen Monck-Mason (Mrs) 1942 03 Dec 1944
Royal Signals Support Signalman Albert Abraham Davis 1943 08 Sep 1944
Station description

The Salisbury Instation was a new structure built in 1943 in woodland at Hare Warren near Salisbury Race Course, and coming into service in the latter part of the year. Beatrice Temple referred to it as a "Super Zero", being of a larger design than a normal Zero Station. The design was particularly complex. To enter, one cleared the vegetation form a large tree stump, cut down almost to ground level, locating a handle to pull. This released the centre of the stump, which was counterbalanced, rose up and swung to one side leading down into a false outer room lined with railway sleepers. Another hidden catch opened a disguised door in the corner leading into a larger than normal Operational Base built from elephant shelters.

There was a store room, sleeping area and operational area with three Wireless stations. There was also a generator room and long escape tunnel made from concrete sewer pipes. Signalman Bert Davis recalled bitterly the installation of the lighting in the escape tunnel as he had to drive Rawlplugs into the concrete pipes with just a hammer and bradawl. When he arrived it was lit by torches and hurricane lamps.

The above ground hut had a telephone cable and electricity brought by wires strung in the trees. Bert carefully tapped the final junctions in a manner never noted by the GPO Inspectors, to bring the cables to the the base. This work took much of the summer (of 1943). There was an above ground hut nearby with a telephone link to the Army Headquarters a short distance away at Wilton. The site is now a Scheduled Monument. The site is also a known bat roost and thus entry is prohibited under law.

However, thanks to Matt Brazier's dedicated work, we have a marvellous 3D reconstruction for you as an alternative.

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Salisbury Instation