Long Compton Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Post

Description of this historic site

Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Post at Long Compton. Monitoring posts were to be used for reporting nuclear bursts and monitoring fall-out in the modern period. The post lies 30m East of the Kingstone, Long Compton.

Notes about this historic site

1 The primary role of the Royal Observer Corps (ROC) was the recognition and identification of hostile aircraft. With the start of the cold war and the increasing threat of nuclear attack in the 1950’s, the ROC was given the added responsibility of reporting nuclear bursts and monitoring fall-out which necessitated the construction of 1563 underground monitoring posts throughout Great Britain & Northern Ireland.
On a riased plateau 40 yards north of an un-named minor road and 25 yards East of the Kings Ston (Rollright Stones). The post has been demolished and there is nothing visible at the site. However, the above ground section of the access shaft lies on it’s sidenext to a pile of concrete fence posts from the compound in the hedgerow alongside the road. Photograph. Opened 1961. Closed September 1991.

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