Churchill's British Resistance - The Special Duties Branch

 

Cloughton Special Duties Radio OutStation.

This page was last updated at 6:00am on 12/9/15

Thank you for selecting information on the Special Duties out station in Cloughton, North Yorkshire. This location was known as 'The Hulleys' due to its location. The info and images below have been supplied by Duncan Simpson and our internal archive.

Cloughton is a small village and civil parish in the Scarborough district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 4 miles north of Scarborough town centre.

Not currently known.

It is thought that Mr Cross, from Staintondale may have been involved with this location. Before the war he was a "radio ham" and during the war his sister reports he was recruited by a covert organisation and "disappeared", regularly on his bicycle in the direction of Cloughton. She found out after the war he was to man a Tx / Rx radio set.

Underground Base

A diagram of the location. (Copyright to the Defence of Britain Database)

Duncan Simpson first located this station 40 years ago. He recalls how he found it then.

'The entrance had its cover mostly in place and a fine camouflage job it was. The shaft was adjacent to a partly broken down dry-stone wall and some of these stones had been cemented on to the upper surface of the shaft cover. These blended in well to the surrounding scatter from the wall. Any approach to the bunker could be made along the top of this low wall, so avoiding leaving any tell-tale footmarks in the grass.

As we moved the cover to one side a piece of metal tube came in to view that was built through the structure of it; confirming to me what it was, from my recollection from ‘The Last Ditch’, of counterbalanced covers. The cover would have been operated by rolling a marble or ball bearing in to the tube to operate the mechanism hidden in the shaft. Regrettably no such mechanism survived, nor any traces of how or where it might have been attached.'

On Duncan's first trip the entrance lid was perfect and intact.

On inspecting it recently he found it had been vandalised. A search of the surface he found parts of it and probably the piece of tubing but it would be a fair old jigsaw to put it back together. See two images below.

Duncan also found the top exits of some of the ventilation pipes around the area. See image below.

This station had two rooms with air vents and cable ducts. The chambers are 4 ft. by 4 ft. and 4 ft. by 9 ft.

View looking back up after descending the main entrance shaft.

Amazingly very little seemed to have changed inside the bunker in the 40 year gap between trips.

The chambers were seemingly still very sound, reasonably dry and the low bench was still there.

Duncan suspects a set of shelves or a cupboard stood against the doorway (above) and was located by a beam that slotted in to where a lintel might be expected. A close inspection of the slot suggests a very smooth surface, deliberately so, and far more so than if the slabs had been laid on a wood lintel that had subsequently rotted away or been knocked out. This is very common with these locations and an illustration of this can be seen on this report.

Inside the second chamber there are ventilation tubes made from glazed ceramic drain pipes leading off in different directions plus the tube up to the surface for the aerial. See two images below.

On the initial site visit there were two unusual concrete blocks in the chamber, one of them has now gone.

A very low bench type piece of furniture, almost a footstool but too long was alongside one wall. Whether it was original was anyone’s bet but it does seem very old and certainly as early as the period.

There is no ‘emergency exit’ tunnel in this particular bunker.

An aerial array was found in a nearby tree.

On one occasion a local was using a horse in a nearby field when he was surprised by the sudden emergence of soldiers from "the ground" at this location.


Duncan Simpson, Defence of North Yorkshire series.

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