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THE TRANSMISSION GALLERY

Photos by Peter Bigwood, Richard Moore, Michael Stott and David Neale

Stagshaw Northumberland
NGR: NY986709 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: Structure Height:
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The former BBC site at Stagshaw is located in Northumberland within convenient and easy reach of the small town of Corbridge, the A68 and Hadrian's Wall. As the detail below shows, the site was established in 1937 to transmit BBC Radio to the Border counties.

Michael Stott remembers:

It's a pity as on the site now is a small hut and the mast, also a T antenna on two masts used when working on the main mast.

They pulled down a beautiful stone building built in 1926-ish. You walked in through two big glass panelled iron doors through a tunnel with rooms and kitchen and toilets on each side then out into a large room with full length windows and a black lacquered floor you could see your face in. Two banks of water cooled transmitters and the original transmitter as standby. There was a large generator/power supply at the bottom of the hall with all the brass, copper and steel shining. To the left and right a beautiful brass railed stairway to the controller's office overlooking the whole floor. The walls had 1930 style half-shell lights and were on all the time.

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