March 23, 2007
of an era as Highbridge radio station site is razed to the ground
on demolishing a well-known Highbridge landmark has this week
been completed as construction vehicles moved in to begin work
on building a multi-million pound housing estate.
former marine radio communications site in Pepperall Road has
been razed to the ground to make way for approximately 200 new
site shut in April 2000 after being active for 72 years since
its grand opening in July 1928.
Bennett, a radio officer at the site for more than 20 years, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com on Friday (March 23rd): "It's very sad
to see it all gone. There
was so much history there."
site employed over 400 people at its height and had a thriving
social scene. We were like one big family in many ways. I have
many, many happy memories from my years there."
distance maritime communications were controlled from the site,
which was operated by the maritime radio services division of
the Post Office.
station, which was universally known as Portishead Radio, took
its name from the remotely-controlled transmitting station at
Portishead, and is fondly remembered by many staff who worked
has set up a new website
recounting the history of the station and showing its transformation
into a modern housing estate.