The image above is thought to be the Ulysses Cable landing station close to St Margaret’s Bay. This is quite small compared to other cable landing stations, probably due to the interconnection point of Ulysses-1 and Ulysses-2 (which lands at Lowestoft), being in London (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ULYSSES_%28cable_system%29) where users of the cable can connect to either leg.
A beautiful day in Aldeburgh. The cable marker indicates the approximate location of the Farland North submarine cable.
The characteristic beach manhole (BMH) can be seen here, with the diamond submarine cable marker in the top left of the photo.
The cable landing station is just a stone’s throw from the beach.
The cable marker above and exchange are consistent with the location of the Farland North cable as shown on the map below.
Whilst researching cable landfalls at Broadstairs, I came across a forum comment about a cable landing station near the beach at a place called Dumpton Gap which has existed since the 1920s’. I am informed this was for the Canterbury – La Panne cable system (see comments below).
This beach is the landfall for the two modern submarine cables Pan European Crossing and Tangerine. It is not known if they are associated in any way with the building below, which still appears to be in use.
Forum source with additional information and pictures.
The picture above shows a cable being pulled in in September 1927.
References found in the BT archive:here.
The above building is thought to be the Cable Landing Station for the following cables:
Hermes South (OoS)
Pan European Crossing
The cables landing at Broadstairs are in the diagram below, with the remains of UK-Belgium5 seen as the red dotted line on the right of the diagram.
The out of service cables, Rembrandt2 and Hermes South land at the more northerly point, Pan European Crossing and Tangerine land at Dumpton Gap.
The yellow lines are power cables from offshore wind farms.
Entrance to the bunker apparently housing the terminal equipment of the BT cross-channel cables at St Margarets bay near Dover.
I could not locate this, until a reader of this blog pointed me to a large building in Lighthouse Road. You can see this view through the gate:
Here is the main building, adjacent to the image taken above:
Here is some aerial views from Bing maps.
It looks like the area is being developed at present (Dover District Council planning approval 05/01014 Erection of a new ‘top man’ station building (existing below ground staircase enclosure to be demolished) incorporating existing stairs and access well, two offices and w.c. | Part of BT Exchange, St Margarets Road, St. Margaret’s Bay).
I will be posting some pictures shortly of the south-western approaches of the UK, particularly the beautiful beaches of Sennen Cove and Whitesands Bay.
For a start, here is the BT Land’s End cable station, with two new satellite dishes.
This is the ESAT cable landing station.
This the the Tretheway cable landing station.
Lanis 1 (Cable & Wireless) commissioned 1992.
Sirius South (Virgin Media)
Two Hibernia Atlantic cables land at Southport (at each end of the Royal Birkdale Golf Club), and connect to the Southport cable landing station. The ESAT2 cable also terminates nearby (yellow line on the map below).
Terrestrial route map.