GCHQ Scarborough

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GCHQ Scarborough
Part of Government Communications Headquarters
Located near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Aerials, Irton Moor Part of the wireless station known as 'GCHQ Scarborough'
GCHQ Scarborough is located in North Yorkshire
GCHQ Scarborough
GCHQ Scarborough
Location in North Yorkshire
Coordinates 54°16′01″N 0°26′50″W / 54.26694°N 0.44722°W / 54.26694; -0.44722Coordinates: 54°16′01″N 0°26′50″W / 54.26694°N 0.44722°W / 54.26694; -0.44722
Type Satellite Ground Station
Site history
Built 1914

GCHQ Scarborough is a satellite ground station located on Irton Moor, on the outskirts of Scarborough in North Yorkshire, England, operated by the British signals intelligence service (GCHQ).

The station was opened in 1914 on the site of the old Scarborough racecourse. It was not transferred to GCHQ ownership until 1964.[1] GCHQ Scarborough was rebuilt in 1974 with more modern facilities.[1][2]

When GCHQ Cheadle and GCHQ Culmhead in Somerset closed in 1995 and 1998, their functions transferred to GCHQ Scarborough.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "A short history of Sigint at Scarborough". GCHQ website 'About Us' pages. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Secret base opens for Ray". The Scarborough News. 27 October 2004. Retrieved 28 July 2013.