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Somerset Historic Environment Record


Site Name: Second World War balloon hanger, W of Pawlett Hill, Pawlett
Civil Parish: Pawlett
Part of:
PRN 12722Second World War military research establishment, Pawlett
Grid Ref: ST 2838 4295 (ST 24 SE)
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Image: Image of HER 10688 - Front face. Photo by Somerset County Council (22 May 2003)
  HER 10688 - Front face. Photo by Somerset County Council (22 May 2003)

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The public accessibility of this site is unknown or has not been checked. Please ask locally and do not visit without permission. [Information last updated on 21 May 2003]


A balloon hanger, now used as a store in a scrap yard. {1}

Attempts to have the hanger Listed were rejected by the Secretary of State in November 2001. {2}

The hanger measures 100ft x 70ft x 80ft high and was erected in 1940-41 The hanger was need so that the ballon being tested need not be deflated each night. The balloon was filled with a mixture of air and hydrogen made at the Weston-super-Mare gas works. The experimental work continued until 1944. {3}


1 Verbal communication - Aston, M [Mick]. Somerset County Council (15/11/1976). Location: Verbal, electronic or direct entry, no source retained
2 Correspondence - Department for Cuture, Media and Sport to Somerset County Council. (22/11/2001) Location: HER files
3 Detailed records - Warren, D. Balloon Hanger, Pawlett. Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society Bulletin.  98 (April 2005), 27

Record created in March 1983

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