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Former Meteorological Office at Pease Pottage
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Former Meteorological Office at Pease Pottage

This is a recent photograph of the former Meteorological Office in Horsham Road, Pease Pottage. The building is now used by a software company, Lighthouse Systems.
The office block was probably built in the early 1960s and is a typically uninspiring design of a government department of that era. A map dated February 1958 shows the area as forest only.
When the Met Office was in residence they released about two weather high-altitude balloons each day which sent back information on atmospheric pressure, temperature, humidity and wind speed tracked by radar.
The balloons, it seems, were non-recoverable, but occasionally some were handed in to the police after being found deflated.
The above view was taken from the north-west looking to the south-east. On the left is a glimpse of the fairly new housing estate built on the old golfing range.
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Click on Open Document to view the same building from the opposite direction. The excavated area is probably destined to be more houses. A planning application to build 43 houses on the old Met Office site was made in 2018, but was refused.
Also shown is an aerial picture from a few years ago showing the former Met Office on a circular base on the left, and on the right is a large area to the north of Horsham Road where the former golf range is now a new housing estate.

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Picture added on 09 January 2019 at 21:01
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I remember those balloons sailing over our garden at Woodhurst every day!

Added by Sally Kennedy on 31 January 2019
My uncle worked for the Met Office here from the mid 1950s. I remember once seeing him fill the balloon with hydrogen - everything earthed to prevent sparks and explosions.
They had radar to track the balloon but we used to watch the flights arriving at Gatwick on the radar screen!
Added by Alan Damper on 07 April 2019
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