Woodhead Hall was originally commissioned by a Mr Leigh and completed in 1720. It was acquired by William Allen, a merchant, in the 1840s and completely rebuilt by William Shepherd Allen to the designs of William Sugden in 1873. It remained in the Allen family, passing to William Allen in 1915, until it became a preparatory school in 1925. At the start of the Second World War it became RAF Cheadle and, as a Y-station, started monitoring important enemy signals information. The main task was to intercept messages from German bombers and ground stations.
The hall continued as a monitoring station during the Cold War examining Soviet communications under the aegis of Government Communications Headquarters until it was closed in 1995; the property was then sold into private ownership in 1997.
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