ROC Post - Hill Rise, Great Offley, Hertfordshire, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
N 51° 55.859 W 000° 20.967
30U E 682225 N 5756681
Quick Description: This Royal Observer Corps Post is hidden alongside the A505 in a small wooded area at Great Offley.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 5/22/2011 8:45:57 AM
Waymark Code: WMBH6C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PTCrazy
Views: 6

Long Description:
ROC Posts were built for use in a nuclear conflict and would have been manned by volunteers from the Royal Observer Corps. They would be responsible for reporting nuclear blasts and monitoring fallout. The post was opened in 1962 and closed in 1991 after the end of the cold war.

The Subterranea Britannica website has this report from 2001 with some great photos: visit link

'All surface features remain intact with some flaking of the green paint. A metal dome on the ventilation shaft indicates this was a master post. When inspected in 1998 the hatch was locked, the padlocks have now been cut off and the internal lock has been cut out so the hatch is now open. The post is flooded to within one foot of the ceiling of the monitoring room. Some of the compound fencing still remains. The hatch is locked. A line of telegraph poles to the post were in place when inspected in 1998, these have now been removed.'

There is a footpath which leads past the ROC Post so have a look, but be careful and respectful. It is important to preserve these ROC Posts for posterity.

Capacity of shelter: 15

Radiation monitoring equipment: no

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