Churchill's British Resistance - The Special Duties Branch

 

This page is part of a larger site tour of the Coleshill estate which is mainly Aux Units locations. Click here to start the tour. 

Please Note: The Coleshill House site and grounds are owned by the National Trust. The woods and grounds of the house are all strictly private and access is limited to set days a year. See our events page for their official open days. Attempting to access the site outside of these times is not only trespassing but could damage the future of our work and relationship with the Trust and villagers. Please respect this.

COLESHILL HQ

In 1942, the AU Signals HQ was moved from Hundon to Coleshill, where construction and improvements of the TRD sets (including the TRM and TRF) continued. At the same time the Special Duties Branch established their HQ at Hannington Hall, owned by the Fry cocoa family, five miles from Coleshill. Here, Major Maurice Petherick recruited additional Intelligence officers to continue the expansion of the spy organisation. Beatrice Temple continued to administer the AU ATS.

SEE THE STAFF BASED AT COLESHILL AND READ MORE HERE

Royal Signals Huts In The Woods - Sector 1

This page was last updated at 11:09am on 9/5/13

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6) Structure 6 - Hut Two
2) Structure 2 - Suspected Generator Room Area 7) Structure 7 - Hut Three
3) Structure 3 - Suspected Ammo Dump 8) Structure 8 - Not Recorded
5) Structure 5 - Hut One 9) Structure 9 - Not Recorded
  10) Structure 10

This area of woods at Coleshill were used to house Signals staff and make the special radios used by SDS and the Zero Stations. CART is currently working with others to uncover more info in this area with it's Coleshill Uncovered project.

A short video walking around the area. This was shot before the Coleshill Uncovered work was conducted.

Front of Coleshill House. Image copyright to the Pleydell-Bouverie family.

An image taken from this area looking back towards the house. Image kindly copyrighted to and supplied by the Pleydell-Bouverie family.

Front of Coleshill House. Image copyright to the Pleydell-Bouverie family.

The front of Coleshill House taken by a soldier in February 1943. Image kindly copyrighted to and supplied by the Pleydell-Bouverie family.

Capt Ian Benson talking about the area of the Signals huts.

Digging at Coleshill

Working in the Coleshill Woods

Image taken by Stewart Angell.

Read more about the house pre war here and during the war here.