|Radar memorial at St Aldhelm's
For a number of years there were various
discussions about ways to commemorate the pioneering
work on radar undertaken at Worth Matravers during World War II. Towards
the end of the 1990s Tony Viney, a Worth resident and parish
progressed proposals through the Worth Parish Council to erect a radar
memorial at St Aldhelm's Head. Tony Viney, himself a local sculptor,
also designed the memorial.
The stainless steel memorial is set on a Purbeck stone plinth. It represents
two radar dishes which are arranged in such a way that they also form
a large fire basket. This reflects both ancient and modern methods to
warn of invasion: fires were lit as beacons to warn of the Spanish armada
while radar forms the modern equivalent. The structure was assembled
with assistance from a team of local residents. The tiered stone base
is also a good resting place for weary walkers! - and allows them spectacular
views of the coastline.