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Report - Blyth ROC Post November 2011

Discussion in 'ROC Posts' started by Urban Witness, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. Urban Witness

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    Royal Observer Corps (ROC) were given the responsibility of reporting nuclear bursts and monitoring fall-out. This was archived by the construction of underground monitoring posts throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland. These were designed to give limited fall-out protection, usually at the same location as the aircraft monitoring post.
    These posts are basic, with no mains electricity or running water. Toilet facilities were basic in the extreme consisting of a chemical toilet in a small room just off the main entrance

    This entrance is a 15ft shaft, dropping down to a large monitoring room, approximately 15ft by 7ft in size. These bunkers were built to a standard design. The furniture was also standardised inside the bunkers. A ventilation shaft with two louvered vents was located alongside the entrance shaft with a second air shaft at the other end of the room. Lighting was provided by a 12 volt battery located behind the monitoring room door.

    Roc Blyth is a Royal Observer Corps post near Blyth, Nottinghamshire close to the A1. Sitting in a square compound, the surface features are intact. the post was in operation from 1982 - 1991

    Date of Explore
    November 2011

    Explored By
    Urban Witness & (Urban Mistress - Not on this forum)

    This ROC Post is down a narrow lane that i drive past on my way to and from work, i never knew where the lane lead, it leads to the A1 going south bound , there is a cafe just before the slip-road and this ROC Post hidden by the road side bushes.

    One day after work i took a trip down to see if i could find the Post and if it was accessibly, after driving past it twice i finally found it and there was a rock holding the lid down.

    We planned to start this trip in the morning as we had a few other places we wanted to visit, but at the last minute work needed me come in for the morning. so after work we got the kit ready and we headed out,

    I Pulled the car up as tight to the bush as i could as the lane is narrow and i didn't want to stop any tractors getting down, and we headed over to the post,

    its such a shame that some scum has burnt it out :rant

    I don't know very much about these but here are some picture,

    The Post from the road


    The lid has a brick holding it down as it has a metal weight which opens it


    The light switch worked, but there was no power


    Nice to know we could hang our coats up, but we didnt


    A fuse board?




    Toilet Room


    The main room burnt out


    Mind your head and back it says on a sign.. i still hit my head :lol:


    The Vent was slightly damaged


    Hope you enjoyed the read,

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