REVEALED: the REAL use of this redundant rural building now for sale (and it had nothing to do with farming)
It looks like a redundant farm building ideal for conversion into a home - and indeed it is - however, this property up for sale for offers in excess of £175,000 holds a secret relating to the cold war.
With its red pantiled roof and belfry-like tower, it looks like a derilect farm building, and certainly not out of place nestling in the Norfolk countryside.
But, in fact, the building at Allen's Farm, Station Road, Neatishead, is one of the few remaining structures linked to the former RAF base.
The innocuous looking 'farm building' was actually a former generator station, dating to the early 1950s, designed to blend into the surrounding countryside. It was made to look like a rural chapel building with a tower, from a distance, to camouflage its true purpose, which was to provide power to one of Britain's, longest continously occupied radar stations.
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The Grade II listed property, which had its generator removed years ago, and has since been used for storage, played an integral part to the operation of RAF Neatishead from the 1950s until 2005 when the base was sold.
The former generator station is now for sale for offers in excess of £175,000 with Strutt & Parker. It has planning permission to be converted into a three bedroom dwelling with a cartshed and storage.
The proposed layout will be a hall, double bedroom with an en suite, one further bedroom, a kitchen and dining room as well as a bathroom and utility on the ground floor with a master bedroom and en suite and a sitting room on the first floor to maximise the lovely countryside views.
Outside you will have a driveway, parking, gardens and grounds in about 0.7 of an acre.
RAF Neatishead opened in June 1941 as a Ground Control Intercept (GCI) Station and was retained after the end of the war. In the early 1950s, as part of the Rotor scheme to refurbish Britain's radar defences, the underground operations block was built, accessed by a staircase to the rear of a guardroom disguised as a bungalow. In addition to the main technical site, a number of dispersed components were built, including wireless transmitter and receiver stations and the generator house, situated about 1.6km from the former centre.
You can contact Strutt & Parker on 01603 617431.