Radio station was hidden under privy

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 October 2016 | UPDATED: 07:53 02 November 2016

The privy which concealed a wartime radion station

The privy which concealed a wartime radion station


In the first of its winter talks, Axminster Historical Society heard the well-researched details of the Bewley Down wartime radio station hidden beneath an outside privy.

Cpt Hugh May (RN) Picture CHRIS CARSONCpt Hugh May (RN) Picture CHRIS CARSON

Captain Hugh May RN, who was responsible for its restoration, revealed the intrigue behind intelligence units that were set up in case of Nazi invasion.

Members and many newcomers enjoyed the evening in the Bradshaw Meeting Room at the Axminster Heritage Centre, the new venue for the monthly gatherings.

The next talk, The Unfortunate Captain Peirce and the wreck of the Halsewell, is on Wednesday, November 2, at 7.30pm.

Author Philip Browne will tell how in 1786 ferocious seas wrecked the East Indiaman ship on the Dorset coast.

Despite dramatic rescue attempts, its captain, Richard Peirce, many crew and his teenaged daughters, his nieces and other young ladies, who were all bound for India in search of rich husbands, drowned off the Dorset coast.

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