SK6444 : Burton Joyce ROC Monitoring post

taken 10 years ago, near to Lambley, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Burton Joyce ROC Monitoring post
Burton Joyce ROC Monitoring post
One of the network of Royal Observer Corps underground monitoring posts built for the eventuality of a nuclear raid. The site is heavily overgrown but the post appears to be intact. It was in use from 1961 to 1991.
ROC monitoring post
The Royal Observer corps was a civil defence organisation operating in the United Kingdom between 29 October 1925 and 31 December 1995.

During the cold war ROC monitoring posts were developed for monitoring fallout and radiation in the event of a nuclear attack. The operators hidden below would occasionally emerge to collected photographic film from a 4-axis parabolic camera mounted near the hatch, retreating below ground to develop it. A patch of darkening might have indicated the direction of an explosion. Once centally collated these observations would triangulate the site of an attack.

A variety of instruments would detect radiation and fallout levels, and the bunker itself used the earth to protect the volunteer observers, who had telephone and radio communications up the chain of command.

There were 1,563 of these posts constructed and one of the specialist groups researching the history of the ROC has mapped them all. See LinkExternal link (there is a great deal of detailed information about the posts on the rest of that site)

See LinkExternal link for background and a reconstruction of a working observation post.

There is a good history of the ROC on wikipedia at LinkExternal link and a charitable association for the welfare of the former volunteers at LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 14 November, 2008   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 18 February, 2009
Cold War relic   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 643 448 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:59.8165N 1:2.5777W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 643 448
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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