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Communications and Security Group created at Garats Hay (Beaumanor)


The Garats Hay facility at Woodhouse Eaves near Loughborough was one of Britain's least known sigint sites. During the Second World War the neighbouring Beaumanor Hall was used as one of the main Y stations supporting Bletchley Park. After the war the adjacent camp which had grown up around Beaumanor Hall became the training site for British Army sigint specialists serving in 9 Signals and 13 Signals Regiments. Instruction included languages as well as signals training. Arabic was widely taught at Garats Hay, Chinese was taught at nearby RAF North Luffenham, while Russian was provided at Beaconfield. Initially known as 10 Wireless Squadron, it became 224 Signals Squadron in 1961. In 1980, 224 Signals Squadron amalgamated with 4 Communications Group (which supported GCHQ) to form Communications and Signals Group. One of the units superintended at Garats Hay was the Special Projects Agency. In 1998, Garats Hay closed and eventually became the new site for Welbeck College. Communications and Systems Group was relocated to Chicksands in Bedfordshire where it became part of the Defence Special Signals School. Chicksands is also the location of the Defence Intelligence Security Centre.


Garats Hay and Woodhouse