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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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  • Lovely rural walks around the top of the highest point in Northamptonshire. The views are astounding and on a clear day, you might just be able to make out the distant buildings of Birmingham or far o...  more »
  • This is a lovely place to walk the dog with fantastic views over Northamptonshire. There is plenty of parking.  more »
  • Quiet place for a walk. Although may be a few cars parked as it is a large space not likely to meet many people. Views spoilt in places by trees  more »
  • pleasant walk with great views over the Northamptonshire countryside. It's a god walkers paradise so be prepared for dogs off their leads!!
  • A Place to walk & be at one with yourself. I had the sunshine. You can see, Coventry, Northampton, & Rugby. Worth the visit.
  • As the last significant bump before continental Europe the site offers great views of Northamptonshire, and parts of Warwickshire, along with some Iron age earthworks and chain home radar remnants to clamber over, but the site is primarily used by locals to exercise their dogs, jog or cycle around. If it's wet take wellies as the pinch points at the gates will become a quagmire (The site has miles of asphalt, concrete and hard core tracks, but the pedestrian / equine gates all open onto unpaved tracks). Facilities limited to free parking, an information board and a few benches.
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