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EAST HADDON HISTORY SOCIETY Northamptonshire, England

BOROUGH HILL, DAVENTRY

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David Adams, a long time resident of Daventry, spoke on the history of this local site. Borough Hill has been home to an Iron Age settlement, and later the Romans, who built a villa here.

Its history as a strategically important site derives from its height (660 feet), and the facility that this elevation provides to watch over vast areas of the surrounding countryside.

Borough Hill achieved fame when in 1925 it was chosen as the site for a broadcasting station, having maximum contact with the land mass of England and Wales.  In 1932 BBC Empire Service, later to become the BBC World Service, was broadcast from there and the famous announcement of 'Daventry Calling'  became known across the world.  

In 1935 it was the the scene of the first ever practical demonstration of radar.  The station was closed in 1992 and only one mast now remains. 

The former antenna field is now open grassland allowing free public access.

HOW TO GET THERE

From Long Buckby, go out past the station, cross the A5, and follow this road which emerges at a T-junction opposite Daventry Golf Club. Turn right here, and then take the first exit at the roundabout.

Follow this road, and take the last left hand turn before the petrol station. This takes you up to a parking area on the hill.

The site offers a 2 mile walk around its perimeter, and on a clear day stunning views across the countryside.