A Short History

We’ll get some original information up on this page soon but in the mean time, you can get more on the background and use of Hawklaw from the following sites:

Cupar Heritage Centre has a fantastic exhibition on the evolution and history of Hawklaw called The Listeners. It’s well worth a visit if you are in the town.

10 thoughts on “A Short History”

  1. This is intetesting. I have just come acrosd a letter from my mother, in 1944 just as she was posted to Hawklaw from the GPO HQ in London, she hsd just arrived at Rumgally House but had yet to start work at Hawklaw

    1. Hi Philip, sorry it has taken so long t reply to your message. We have recently brought this blog out of hibernation and will be updating it regularly. We’d love to know more about your mum’s time at Hawklaw.

  2. I worked there 1979-86
    I was one of the youngest
    Radio Officers
    Now in my 80th year, I doubt if
    many of my colleagues are still
    up n about
    Possibly one of the happiest
    postings I enjoyed

    1. Lovely to hear from you David. We’d love to hear more about what you did and some of your memories from your time here. You are welcome to pop up and have a look around any time you want.

    2. Great to see your comment David.
      I was a Radio Tech. at Hawklaw from 1972 to 76. and at the rip old age of 22, I was probably the youngest on site.
      It’s great fun to look at the current building layout and try to visualise how each room used to look like.

  3. So delighted to see your renovation of what was such an important asset during WW 2. My mother was stationed there from 1942/3 and was one of the team instrumental in the sinking of the warship Tirpitz. She was also billeted in Rumgally House and met my father when he came to sell tickets to a dance….they married in 1946 and the rest is history. I have one or two photographs of her from that time if you would like to see them ? Best wishes

  4. Good morning ,
    I am making contact on behalf of Cupar Museum and Heritage Centre, Cupar Railway Station, Station Road, Cupar, KY15 5HX.
    As a courtesy, we want to make you aware that part of our 2023 exhibition season we will be telling the story of early radio telephone experiments in the Cupar area and the subsequent selection of Hawklaw as a listening station. I have had several contacts with Philip Berrie who I understand made a visit last year when he was researching his mother’s role during the Second World War. It may be that you have knowledge of some of the activities at Hawklaw that might be of interest to us. In particular, we would appreciate seeing any images that you may have acquired. I look forward to hearing from you if you are not too busy. My telephone number is [removed by admin].

  5. This is so interesting. Since 2003, when my parents passed away I have been trying to find out about the Y station at Cupar, as my mother, Edith Ivy Horne (nee Adams) was also working there as an intercept operator in WW2. I know she was billeted at Rumgally House as this was documented on her National Identity Registration card. She is listed on Bletchley Park’s Roll of Honour which I am currently trying to update. Infact, the photograph submitted by Philip Berrie confirmed the fact she was at Hawklaw. With regard to the photo, my mother is situated at the end of the middle row on the left hand side. I also have a photo of another lady in Philip’s photo, labelled on the back by my mother as Jean Rawlinson (also on Bletchley Park’s Roll of Honour); she is located on the front row, right hand side.
    Similarly to Evelyn Milne’s parents, my mother and father (based at Wick RAF) met at a dance ,though, in Morecambe and married in 1942. I have not found out how Morecambe, GPO and the Y stations fit into the equation! Feel free to contact me.
    Kindest regards. Jennifer Guest

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