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Borough Hill, Daventry

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Borough Hill is a hill to the east of the town of Daventry in the English county of Northamptonshire. It is over 200m above sea level and dominates the surrounding area.ArchaeologyRemains have been found on the hill of two Iron Age hillforts, and two Bronze Age barrows and of a later Roman villa and farming settlement.Transmitting stationIn 1925 the BBC constructed a transmitting station which initially was used for long wave, and short wave broadcasting. The long wave service was moved to a new and better transmitter station located at Wychbold village near Droitwich in 1934. In the early years of the second world war, tests were carried out using one of the short wave transmitters to carry out research work into radar.In 1950 the BBC constructed a 720ft mast at nearby Dodford for the BBC Third Programme, with a 150 kW transmitter located in a building near to the short wave transmitter building. This service closed in 1978 and the mast was removed in 1984.Due to the nature of short wave broadcasting, large areas of Borough Hill were occupied with towers, and masts to support large antennas. Transmissions from the short wave station could be received across the world.Many engineers were employed by the BBC to work at the station and a number decided to settle in Daventry, and to this day many former BBC staff remain in Daventry.
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  • I visited Borough Hill the site of former BBC radio masts. I was told it commanded spectacular views the surrounding countryside. When I got there there where numerous irresponsible dog owners withsna...  more »
  • Borough hill, Daventry is a great place to go for a walk with your friends ,family or your dog. There is parking for cars up here. It is popular with local walkers particularly dog walkers , photograp...  more »
  • Was once where the BBC towers were, but now demolished. Lovely views over towards Northampton. Good place to walk dogs. Walk round most nights  more »

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