Secret wartime communications at Reigate Hill

Military structure at Reigate Hill, Surrey

As you walk over Reigate Hill, you may notice some military style brick built structures either side of the footpath. These structures have been a focal point of research for the Front Line Surrey Hills team who have been trying to get to the bottom of how old they are and what they were used for. Recently discovered evidence seems to point to the buildings being linked to a secret role in monitoring wartime communications.

What the research has uncovered

During investigations on the largest structure at Reigate Hill, a hole was found in the centre of the roof. It's roughly 10cm in diameter and extends vertically through the roof of the building.

Was there a link between the structure and the British Army during the Second World War?

Richard Maddox, researcher on the project team says “the hole could have been a socket for a radio aerial, perhaps connected with the British Army South Eastern Command HQ which was further down the hill, or it may even have been used by other wartime government departments to monitor enemy communications”.

Radio City on Reigate Hill

It's known that during the Second World War, there were many radio aerials around Reigate Hill and the area’s nick-name was Radio City. Local residents who knew ARP wardens during the war believed that the structures on and around Reigate Hill were listening posts.

Further evidence to support the theory

Armed with this information, and having taken a look at similar structures in the area, the team have since found two electrical insulators and cabling close to the structures which they now believe to be evidence of the structures being linked to radio communications.

More questions than answers

Despite the physical evidence on site, we've found no documentary evidence to support our theories. Can you help identify what these buildings were used for? If so, please email us with your information.