MHG51463 - Radar Station Set House, Hill of Ulbster


Second World War set house or generator house. Associated with the Hill of Ulbster Chain Home Low Radar Station. One of 17 buildings in the group.

Type and Period (1)

  • RADAR STATION SET HOUSE (Second World War - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

This building appears to be a brick-built generator house (YARROWS04 713) with a concrete floor and roof. It measures 8.4m from NNE to SSW by 6.5m transversely overall and 4.8m in height. There is a wide entrance on the WNW and a window on the ESE. The interior contains two concrete plinths that probably carried diesel engines. Channels in the floor leading S from the plinths probably carried cables out of the building, and there are apertures high up on the N wall that were probably vents. The fuel tank stood on a high concrete plinth against the outer face of the N wall and was protected by a high anti-blast wall, which springs from the NE corner of the generator house to cover both the tank and the doorway into the building.
A second building (714) lies immediately E of the generator house and measures 6.4m from WNW to ENE by 4.9m transversely overall. Now reduced to a concrete floor within a brick dwarf wall 0.55m high, it was probably originally carried up in timber. In the interior there are six narrow concrete plinths arranged in a double row. Each measures 0.75m in height and has a pair of steel bolts set into its upper surface. Set some 6.5m NW of the generator house there is also a concrete pad (YARROWS04 715) with four steel bolts set into its upper surface.
Visited by RCAHMS (JRS, IF) 7 September 2004.

Site visit 07/11/2008. As described above - no change <1>. Photographs were taken <2>.

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Grid reference Centred ND 33232 42201 (14m by 19m) (3 map features)
Map sheet ND34SW
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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