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Enigma station is put up for sale
Bletchley Park stately home
The Scottish site was linked to a nerve centre at Bletchley Park
A former listening station which helped crack the Enigma code used by Germans in the Second World War is being sold.

Montreathmont Moor, near Forfar in Angus, has been put on the market by the Scottish Executive for offers over 95,000.

The property, hidden away in the Angus countryside, includes a former radio listening station and a 50ft mast.

In the 1940s the station was used by operators to listen to German military communications.

The work of the station helped the British Government to crack the Enigma cypher - the German code thought to be "unbreakable".

The property - which sits in the middle of 200 acres of farmland - is now being sold off by the executive, as part of a sale of redundant communications centres across Scotland.

It was used specifically to try and identify German spies and thereafter for similar purposes during the Cold War
Michael Ireland
property advisor

Michael Ireland of Edinburgh-based country property advisers Baird Lumsden, which is handling the sale, said it was one of the most intriguing sales he had come across.

"The information we have about the property is fairly scant, perhaps because of the secrecy surrounding it when it was in use," he said.

"It was used specifically to try and identify German spies and thereafter for similar purposes during the Cold War.

"Effectively, what someone would be buying is a number of buildings connected with the listening station, a garage and various storage buildings, as well as the mast.

"In one of the buildings there is a hall area which was used as the control point where originally the operators would receive the wires."

Mr Ireland said the Montreathmont Moor station had been directly linked to the secret base in Bletchley Park, near London, where the Enigma code was eventually cracked.

The base, known as Station X, featured in the 2001 film Enigma, starring Kate Winslet and Dougray Scott.

Closing date

Mr Ireland said that since the property went on the market last week there had been a "mixed bag" of potential buyers.

"Because the property is so unusual, we went into this with a very open mind," he said.

"We have had a mixture of potential property investors, some who are looking to rent it out and others who are wanting to convert it for their own residential use."

Mr Ireland said that because of the property's location, it could easily be missed.

"You could drive down the road and not know it was there," he said.

"The only tell-tale signs are two Nissen sheds which were used to house a small number of guards at the side of the road."

Mr Ireland said the site would remain on the market for the next few weeks before going to a closing date.


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