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Report - Maidstone - 1 Group ROC HQ Bunker - 7-4-07

Discussion in 'ROC Posts' started by MarkR, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. MarkR

    MarkR 28DL Member
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    visited with kind permission of the owners with Robsey, Peroxide, Sick, Minty, Ali and Nick.

    57 London Road, Maidstone was originally in civilian occupation and named `Fairlawns'. The property was requisitioned in 1939 as a new headquarters for No.1 Group of the Royal Observer Corps, who had previously been stationed in rooms above Maidstone Post Office. An operations room was built in the house using the ground floor and basement. Fairlawns was in use throughout the war until stand down. In the 1950s Fairlawns was relegated to being a training centre for the group control at Beckenham (19 Group). In 1961 a new semi-sunk control was built to the rear of Fairlawns with administration located in the house. Beckenham was then relegated to being training centre for 1 Group at Maidstone. The former 19 Group HQ at Dura Den, Park Place, Beckenham was absorbed into No. 1 Group in 1953 but was retained for as a secondary training centre until 1968 In 1976 Fairlawns was renamed Ashmore House in memory of the Corps' founder Major Ashmore. On closure Ashmore House and the bunker behind was sold to a local solicitors.'

    This bunker is in excellent condition and was the first group HQ i've seen. interesting to see where all those ROC posts were to report too!



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    Re: Maidstone - 1 Group ROC HQ Bunker - REPORT - 7-4-07

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    Re: Maidstone - 1 Group ROC HQ Bunker - REPORT - 7-4-07

    Thanks for the trip Mark. A couple of my shots...

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    Woo Hoo... D-o-F with a 5600...
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