Sutton Common BT Tower is a 72-metre (238-foot) radio tower built of reinforced concrete at Macclesfield, Cheshire, England. It is one of the few communication towers in the United Kingdom built of reinforced concrete and relays signals to Heaton Park in the north and Pye Green to the south.
The tower stands near the summit of Croker Hill on the western edge of the Peak District national park.
Sutton Common is notable because it was originally conceived as part of the 1950s 'Backbone' chain designed to provide the UK and NATO with survivable communications during nuclear war.
Building a wind farm near the transmitter was considered, but wasn't able to happen due to interruption that may have been caused by the blades to the radio waves.
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- ^ Backbone radio link and radio standby to line links for safeguarding vital communications. GPO paper for the Official Committee on Civil Defence, July 1956. The National Archives (UK) CAB 134/1207
- ^ Radio Listeners Guide 2010