Professor Mather and his colleagues carried out a series of experiments with this mirror andproduced a report which claimed that it could detect a Zeppelin at a range of twenty miles. TheArmy conducted it's own experiments at Upavon which were so disappointing, somethingProfessor Mather blamed on "the ineptness of Army personnel", that it wanted to cancel allfurther work.Despite this it seems that several mirrors of 15' diameter were constructed around the South EastCoast, Thames Estuary and on the North East Coast. No information regarding precisely whenthese mirrors were built survives but it seems that the ones around Kent were probably built first.They are similar in construction to the first mirror at Binbury Manor, being cut out of a chalk cliff, but were lined with concrete which made a better sound reflective surface. Later mirrors,such as the ones on the Yorkshire coast, were free standing and made entirely of reinforcedconcrete. Certainly the mirrors at Fan Bay, Dover (also identified as Langdon) and Joss Gap nearNorth Foreland saw action in 1917 and 1918, the Fan Bay mirror detected an enemy raid at arange of 12-15 miles in October of 1917 and in 1918 both mirrors were able to detect aircraftheading for London several minutes before they were audible to the unaided ear.It's worth noting that late in the war the mirrors reported to a central command centre whichplotted the positions of raiders on a map and organised defensive measures. Post-WarExperiments Despite the early scepticism shown by the Army the sound mirrors must haveperformed well enough to warrant further development.An experimental station to develop sound mirrors and other sound detection devices wasestablished at Joss Gap before the end of the war. Work continued there up until 1922 when theresearch centre was moved to an area called The Roughs near Hythe. This land was alreadyowned by the Army and was situated near to the flight path for commercial aircraft flyingbetween London and Paris. One problem the researchers had at Joss Gap was persuading thenewly formed RAF to provide target aircraft.