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Report - WESTLETON. Suffolk. January 2016

Discussion in 'ROC Posts' started by norfolkexplorer, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. norfolkexplorer

    norfolkexplorer av u seen my marbels
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    Visited with @clareexplores and cheers for the heads up from @Black Shuck a few months ago.... But as usual I only just got round to this nice post now.

    An hours drive and walking up the wrong side of the field to try and find the ROC post to start off with and eventually we were on our way in :)
    This was the 1st time I had been in a ROC Post and actually felt how cramped it must have been down there. With stuff strewn everywhere you could hardly more. This site is listed as locked on the Outdated Subrit site and you can see from the images it has not just been opened up recently either.... So get out there checking other ones folks.

    This particular post opened March 1958 and closed September 1991

    What are they
    Royal Observer Corps Monitoring Posts are underground structures all over the United Kingdom, constructed as a result of the Corps' nuclear reporting role and operated by volunteers during the Cold War between 1955 and 1991.

    In all but a very few instances the posts were built to a standard design consisting of a 14-foot-deep access shaft, a toilet/store and a monitoring room. The most unusual post was the non-standard one constructed in a cellar within Windsor Castle.

    Almost half of the total number of posts were closed in 1968 during a reorganisation and major contraction of the ROC. Several others closed over the next 40 years as a result of structural difficulties i.e. persistent flooding, or regular vandalism. The remainder of the posts were closed in 1991 when the majority of the ROC was stood down following the break-up of the Communist Bloc. Many have been demolished or adapted to other uses but the majority still exist, although in a derelict condition.

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  2. JemCymru

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    wow. nice find. was the syren still in the box?
     
  3. norfolkexplorer

    norfolkexplorer av u seen my marbels
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    I wish mate.. Would have woken up all the locals with that :sleep
     
  4. clareexplores

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    How did I miss the mini cooker? Nice spot :) great snaps, all of them. (And yeah what a bummer there was no siren left!)
     
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