Chain Home Transmitter Tower, RAF Stenigot, Donnington on Bain, Lincolnshire

Chain Home Transmitter Tower, RAF Stenigot, Donnington on Bain, Lincolnshire
Photograph taken 14 July 2000 © John Webber ARPS. Source Historic England Archive ref: 463018

This transmitter was part of a Royal Air Force Radar Station. It was in operation between 1938-1955. During WW2 this was a Chain Home station. It provided early warning of enemy aircraft approaching Sheffield, Nottingham and the central Midlands. This is the most complete mast to have survived on any of the Chain Home radar stations. Stenigot was one of 20 sites along the east coast of Britain which had been chosen as "Advanced" stations by September 1937. Stenigot was chosen because it occupies the highest ground in eastern England between Kent and Yorkshire. The Chain Home system was the first application of radar to air defence. It spread rapidly before 1940. It was an important factor in making sure that Britain had an effective level of warning against air attack. This was one of the decisive factors in the allied victory in the crucial Battle of Britain.