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The Radar Station that Never Was
Ditchling’s World War II Secret Installation
31st May 2019, at 7.30 pm
in the Old Meeting House, The Twitten in Ditchling
is essential to avoid disappointment.
costing £7.50 (including a glass of wine) are available from Ditchling Post
Office or by following this link.
History Project are pleased to announce that Rob Thornton will be giving his
fascinating talk on the deception surrounding the World War II secret post situated
in the fields behind North End.
Villagers at the time knew of the installation which was heavily guarded
but could only suppose it was a secret radar station.
was in a unique position to unravel the truth.
The son of local butcher, Guy Thornton, he grew up playing in the fields
around the village and was into everything.
Later his working life was spent as a telephone engineer and he
developed a deep interest in the links between the telephone service and
Bletchley Park’s work on breaking the Enigma code.
the intriguing story of how he discovered what was going on behind the guards
in the Second World War. The truth is far from a radar station and concerns
matters of national importance!
By way of introduction to the work of Ditchling History Project we have selected some of our favourite pages - follow the links below and then explore the rest of the site. If you have any questions or can tell us anything about your experiences of living in Ditchling, we would love to hear from you.