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Page history last edited by Ian Gillis 2 weeks, 6 days ago


Originally a WW2 airfield which from 1956 became a test and demonstration site for most of the later post-war equipments.


Rivenhall Links

Location detail


"Scanners at Rivenhall" from "Marconi Companies and Their People" dated June 1953 - featuring Jack Frost, Paddy Duff and Reg Harmer.


"Nato Delegates at Rivenhall" from "Marconi Companies and Their People" dated July 1953 - featuring Bill Quill, Peter Max, Frank Sumner et al.


"The Rivenhall Story" from "Marconi Companies and Their People" dated July 1961


"Crating our radar for South Africa" from "Marconi Companies and Their People" dated February 1955.


"Forming the Giant Cable" - the cable between radar head and radar "office" - from "Marconi Companies and Their People" dated September 1957.


"New Aerials for High Power Radars" - building the back tube for the SA.115 at Rivenhall - from "Marconi Companies and Their People" dated January 1958.


"Convoys from Rivenhall" - communications vehicles for radar convoys - from "Marconi Companies and Their People" dated May 1958.


Entry in Wikipedia


Rivenhall information on PastScape derived from the National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE).


"Rivenhall, The History of an Essex Airfield" by B.A. Stait and published in 1984 contains many pictures including some post war - e.g. with the S244/264. An acknowledge is given to GEC/Marconi with special thanks to the then company historian Mrs. B. Hance. The book publisher is Alan Sutton Publishing Limited, Gloucester.


An extract from the above-referenced book. It describes post-war activities in particular the use by Marconi.


Entry in "Derelict Places" forum


"Spotlight on Rivenhall" from Echo, December 1977


A site giving details of the American occupation in WW2


This is a map of Rivenhall circa 1962







Comments (2)

suffolk@jamesahenson.plus,com said

at 9:58 am on Oct 2, 2013

Jack Frost was manager at Rivenhall during the mid late 50's, Paddy Duff was his assistant who later moved to head of Radar Installation at Church Green Broomfield. The Church Green site comprised a large house at the front with an old WW2 RAF plotting room to the rear. I think I have some photo's, will check.

Ian Gillis said

at 3:43 pm on Feb 14, 2016

Page checked.
Book link led to "Rivenhall Phones"! - replaced with an Amazon.co.uk link

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