The location of the Barham Seismology Station is at: -
Adisham Road, Barham.
Map Reference: TR216950
Photo by Nick Catford - for more
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Barham has its own seismology
station - forming part of the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence
network of stations used in connection with the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
It would also have
been used by the Royal Observer Core to monitor any radioactive
fallout in the event of a nuclear attack.
It was opened in June
1960 and is said, by the MOD, to have been closed in September 1991 but
it could still operating as it continues to be
listed by the
Federation of Digital Broad-Band Seismograph Networks as having a code
of BHM, being in the "Blacknest" programme and having
characteristics listed as "BB, 85db, vertical only".
On a visit by the Royal Observer Corps in 1994 it was
said to be in good external condition. A quantity of
paperwork was removed, during the visit, and donated to the ROC museum.
One of the papers referred to 'routine checks for UKNET seismograph
equipment'. There were, apparently, two
dozen large batteries on the floor, sufficient to run the equipment
unattended for several years.