1986 Cell site list
*** AERIAL SPOTTER'S GUIDE ***
CELLULAR RADIO SITES
All sites (except those indicated as planned) are either operational or due to be in use within a few months. Where known, the exact location is given after the name of the cell.
Shared Cellnet/Vodafone sites
Epsom Racecourse (Surrey), grandstand roof London, Beulah Hill, IBA mast
Woldingham (Surrey), CAA mast
Cellnet (access code 0860)
Ashby. Magna (Leics.), w of Ml, n of old stn.
Bagshot (Surrey), BT radio station
Banbury (Oxon.), Thorpe Lodge Farm. May 86 (may be shared with Racal).
Bedford, above BT district office
Birmingham, Central, BT Tower
Boughton Hill/Dunkirk (Kent), rear of Courtenay House
Caldecott (near Higham Ferrers, Northants.), water tower, 2nd qr/86
Bluebell Hill (Kent), BBC transmitter site
Brentwood (Essex), Kelvedon Hatch BT radio stn.
Coventry, Exhall ATE
Crawley (Sussex), ATE
Croydon, Ryland House ATE/SSC
Dunstable (Beds.), BT radio stn.
Edinburgh, CAA mast, Corstorphine Hill
Epsom (Surrey), East Street ATE <now removed to Racecourse)
Hadleigh (Essex), ATE.
Haslemere (Surrey), Devil's Punch Bowl (proposed)
Kingston-upon-Thames (Surrey), ATE/SSC
Knutsford (Cheshire), church steeple
Leicester, Copt Oak, BT radio stn.
London, Aldgate, Docos House
London, Colindale, ATE/SSC
London, Ealing, Westel House
London, Heathrow, Skyport ATE
London, Holborn, Fleet Building
London, Holloway Road, N. London Polytechnic
London, Kennington, ATE
London, Kensington, Charles House
London, Mayfair, Hilton Hotel
London, Mile End, ATE near tube stn. (known as Bow Common?)
London, North Paddington, ATE
London, Telecom Tower (original site, no longer used)
London, Walthamstow, council flats
London, Wandsworth, council flats next Arndale Centre
London, Wood Green, ATE/SSC
Markfield (Leics.), Copt Oak BT radio stn.
Northampton, Derngate ATE
North Foreland (Kent), BT radio stn.
Ongar (Essex), BT radio stn.
Purfleet (Essex) - same frequencies as Mayfair
Radlett (Herts.), water tower
Reigate Hill (Surrey)
Rugby (Warks.), BT radio stn. (shared site)
St. Albans (Herts.), on Cadbury-Schweppes (former Rose's) building near City station <if this is not the Cellnet site then this is another Vodafone>
Stokenchurch (Bucks.), BT radio stn.
Stonebridge Park (Middlesex), Station House
Walton on Thames (Surrey), ATE <temporary>
Wolverton (Bucks.), ATE
Worthing (Sussex), High Salvinqton reservoir
Yarnfield (Staffs.), BT Training College.
Vodafone (access code 0836)
(starred locations taken from official list: several are known to be misspelled)
Birmingham, Kingshurst, flats next M6 - officially known as "Coleshill"*
Birmingham, Perry Bar*
Bretton (Warks.), between Coventry and Rugby, (may be same as Coventry/Brinklow)
Brownhills, near Walsall (Staffs.)
Bromsgrove/Droitwich (Worcs.), Wychbold*
Cadmore End, near Stokenchurch (Bucks.)*
Canewdon (Essex) - projected but planning permission refused
Cardiff, Capel Llanilery*
Chepstow (Mon.), Rowhampton*
Chester, Cuckoo,s Nest, Pulford
Chipstead (Surrey), Tickner's Wood - projected
Coventry (Warks.), Brinklow*
Coventry, "Tile Hill", on B-L microwave mast near Canley station*
Daventry (Northants.), Borough Hill
Detling Hill (Kent)*
Dunstable, between Downs and A5 near Hockliffe - this is probably "Totternhoe"*
Evesham (Worcs.), Edlington*
Farnborough (Hants.), Hawley*
Great Witley - 2nd.qr/86*
Guildford, between town and A3
Herrington Hill (Wearside) - planned
London, Canning Town*
London, City, Royex House*
London, Clapham Road, near Common on DHSS building*
London, Paddington (Royal Lancaster Hotel)*
London. "Southall", Brentford, on Vodafone exchange, with dish to Willesden Jct*
Luton (Beds.), Kensworth*
Manchester, Sunley Building
Newbury (Berks.) - this may be the same as Shaw*
North Ascot (Berks.)*
Northampton, Wooton* ^
Redditch (West Midlands, Crabbs Cross (BL/Istel mast)*
Rickmansworth - this may be the Harefield shared site*
Rugby (Warks.), Lilbourne*
St.Albans (Herts.), Chiswell Green*
Shaw, near Newbury (Berks.)*
Solihull (Warks.)^ Shirley*
Southampton, Rownhams - this is probably "Romsey"
Southend-on-Sea (Essex), Civic Centre (planned).
Staines (Middx.), gas board bldg. near Crooked Billet roundabout*
Sulhamstead, near Theale (Berks.)*
Warlingham (Surrey)* (this is probably the Woldingham shared site)
Warrington (Lancs.), on tower by Racal ATE
Welham Green, near Hatfield (Herts.)*
Wellingborough (Northants.), 2nd qr/86*
Clee Hill (Salop), CAA tower
Hinton, 9 miles north of Bath (Som.), in southwest quadrant of M4/A46 junction (18).
ATE ... automatic telephone exchange
BL ... British Leyland Motor Coprporation private network
CAA ... Civil Aviation Authority
Istel ... the radio network developed from the British Leyland system
SSC ... Sector Switching Centre
Telecom Eireann (access code 088)
Mercury radio sites
Beckley, BBC site, R
Birmingham, Alpha Tower, C
Charwelton, Gas Board tower, R
Christmas Common, Pye site, R
Hemel Hempsted, upside of WCML, N
London, Beulah Hill, IBA mast, N
London, Britannic House, Moorgate, C
London, Guy's Hospital, N
London, Melbury House, Marylebone, C
London, Millbank Tower, N
London, Willesden Junction, down side of WCML.
Manchester, Sunley Building, C
Reading, Western Tower. N
Stonebridge Park (Middx.), Station House
Wooburn Green, R
Alpha Tower was presumably at Alpha Studios (Midlands ITV)
C ... node and relay
N ... node
R ... relay
IBA ... Independent Broadcasting Authority
WCML ... West Coast Main Line
Melbury House and Western Tower were British Rail offices.
<Issue 12, 8.3.86>