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During the war, the School at Manorbier ran a variety of gunnery courses for officers and non-commissioned officers from a succession of batteries, as well as Home Guard officers. A photographic department was established and produced training films, while during the spring of 1944 the Wireless Wing at Watchet moved to Manorbier and was redesignated ‘Radar Wing’ to reflect the use of this new technology. A Searchlight Wing was added to the School at Manorbier in 1945.


The Guardroom at Manorbier Camp dates from about 1937.


Former married soldiers’ quarters in Dewing Avenue, Skrinkle.


Far from being run down at the end of WWII, the School of Artillery continued to be upgraded throughout the Cold War period, providing training in the use of light and heavy anti- aircraft guns, and also guided weapons. Surviving buildings from the 1950s include the control room, a power house, a REME store and an instructional building. The small Skrinkle housing estate at SS 076978 was built in the early 1960s to provide quarters for married soldiers. The houses were built by a firm from Birmingham called Dudley Boswell, the four roads being named after former Commandants of the School of Anti-Aircraft Artillery.


(The former Commandant’s House,


‘Hillgarth’, across the road, was rented by the School from 1941 onwards and later purchased; it was sold by auction in 1978 and is now a guest house).


In 1958 the English Electric Thunderbird 1 surface to air missile system was introduced and a special security compound was built to house it; this was followed by the Thunderbird 2 system in 1964. The Heavy Wing of the School of Anti-Aircraft Artillery was formed in order to test the mobile Thunderbird system for the Army, and two reinforced concrete launch pads and several hardstandings can be seen above Skrinkle Haven at Church Doors (SS 083975), some of which are used as car parks. Instruction and training in the use of the new weaponry was also provided. The Thunderbird control building and guardroom no longer stand, but the instructional building has been renovated and is now used as a YHA hostel and community hall. The former parade ground is now a car park.


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