I was sent to this site a number of times when when I worked for my previous employer. It was one of a number of hostels built for munitions workers at ROF Swynnerton a mile or so up the road. Swynnerton was in the middle of nowhere in particular, as suited a munitions factory, but that meant no labour available to be recruited in the vicinity either, unless it was bussed in every day, or lived near the site. At the end of the war it was briefly used by the USAAF as a transit camp (and I saw a copy of the mag in a display on-base about the site's history) before it was acquired by Post Office Telephones as the Post Office Central Training School, Stone. 'Stone', as it was invariably referred to in the Post Office (though Stafford was the nearer town) was gradually modernised and by the time I knew it in the 1990s most of the wartime buildings had been replaced. After the telephone service was privatised as British Telecom it became the British Telecom Training College, Yarnfield and the last time I went there much of the second-generation 1970s-motel style accommodation blocks had also been demolished and replaced, and the size of the site had about halved, with many of the older training blocks demolished. It also trained people from other telecoms firms by then, not just BT (though British Railways had always sent their telecoms people there as well).
It is still a short distance away from the Proof & Experimental Establishment at Cold Meece where SAA from ROF Radway Green gets fired for quality assurance and automatic firing is often heard.
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