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When you look at how much this area had become overgrown by 1958, then it is easier to understand why they made a decision to level it:

29-01-57 - Only the gun pit area is overgrown... 7-07-58 - The whole area has been cleared of buildings and is becoming  completely overgrown. The next photo was also originally dated 1958, and it turned out someone had dated it wrong! After much time checking over what photos I have, I have now been able to more correctly date it as somewhere between Jan 1960 and Nov 1961.  Interestingly, the painted tennis court lines had disappeared by 1-1-1963.

Now the point of this is that if we now go back and revisit Joan Dighton/Robinson’s recollection of a tunnel on the NE corner of the tennis court, the entrance she could have been talking about may have been this large steeply inclined tunnel as they were living on the hill during that period when the area was leveled, and although I have suggested the dark area is possibly where an entrance is - if you look to the right a bit, out in front of the Observation Post building (above the Telephone Exchange), you will see an overgrown area with a dark shape in it. This is most likely the area where the old 7” gun was, and with overgrowth still being evident, then it shows it is possible that it was not entirely covered in at this point of time.

This scrub outside the fence was allowed to grow until sometime before April 1977 where it appears that this whole area was  cleared of scrub possibly by bulldozer, and this of course would have filled in what was left.

To finish off this portion of this article, I will continue with a photo collage of this summit area (on the next page).

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