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Zouches Farm Relay Station

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51°52'40"-00°29'00" show decimal

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Zouches Farm Relay Station
Caddington, Bedfordshire

Zouches Farm is a microwave radio link station on Blows Downs; it was built in the 1940s as part of the London to Birmingham communication chain, and is owned and maintained by BT.

How to get here:

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Road: A5 - From the A5, take the turnoff towards Caddington (traffic lights) on Dunstable Road. Pass the school on the left, and then the farm road will be next on the left. +

Parking Details

Roadside, by the gates into Zouches Farm (you can then walk up the farm road, which is a public footpath.

This location is private and has no or limited access only. The road leading up to the farm is a public footpath enabling you to be able to see the relay station; the footpath also branches right along the side of a nearby field.

 

Access: privateStatus: recognisableStation

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Photograph taken: 4th March 2007 by Chuck Foster

Terror of the Autons (1)
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Filmed: 22 Sep 1970
Beacon Hill Research Establishment

 

Additional Notes:

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At the time of filming there were two transmitter towers on the site; since the advent of satellite communications one of the towers became redundant and has since been demolished.

 

Access: privateStatus: recognisableBuilding

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Photograph taken: 4th March 2007 by Chuck Foster

Terror of the Autons (1)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 22 Sep 1970
Beacon Hill Research Establishment

Terror of the Autons (1)
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Filmed: 22 Sep 1970
The Doctor and Jo arrive at the centre.

 

Additional Notes:

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Beacon Hill - Though cited as Beacon Hill, this is really Dunstable - the real Beacon Hill was used in The Ambassadors of Death the preceeding year!

 

Access: privateStatus: recognisableField

Photo

Photograph taken: 4th March 2007 by Chuck Foster

Terror of the Autons (1)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 22 Sep 1970
The Auton coach speeds past UNIT into a field by the research centre.

Terror of the Autons (1)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 22 Sep 1970
The coach pulls up in a field, and the Autons begin to attack UNIT.

 

Other nearby locations:

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Ecomold (Terror of the Autons). Road (2.4 miles, 7m) : Turn right out of the farm road and continue until you reach the end with the A5. Turn right and then follow the A5 into Dunstable. When you reach the junction with the A505, turn right (heading towards Luton). Once you pass under the railway bridge the factory will be on the right-hand side. Parking The A505 is a main road and there is no parking available; there is a road to the side of the factory that you can park on.

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Associated Portland Cement Company Quarry (The Macra Terror): 2.74 miles.

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Rickmansworth Road (A412) (The Hand of Fear): 15.79 miles.

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Elmswell House (Paradise Towers): 16.34 miles.

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Mill Lane (Terror of the Autons): 17.11 miles.

Further links about the location:

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The Transmission Gallery - Zouches Farm Transmission Tower

Related Stories

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Terror of the Autons [22 Sep 1970]: Beacon Hill Research Establishment

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