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 A request for old photographs. 

The ROC database has now changed, originally it was just a list of posts with their current condition. Now it is a fully searchable database with photographs of all the posts I have visited (there are over 1000 pictures on the web site). I am now trying to get hold of pictures of posts that have been demolished and posts during operational days. I am primarily looking for pictures of underground posts but I would include aircraft posts as well. Pictures can either be scanned and e-mailed to me at or sent by post to 13, Highcroft Cottages, London Road, Swanley, Kent, BR8 8DB. All pictures will be returned by return of post.

All photographs used will, of course, be credited to the photographer or sender.

Many thanks for your help,

Nick Catford
Subterranea Britannica/ROC Post Database
Associate member of 1 Group ROCA 

A listing of former ROC posts


On this site you will find information on the R.O.C. including a History and a listing of some of the one thousand five hundred plus observer corps posts. The listing includes the accurate grid reference, current condition and other useful information. As we visit more posts, more records will be added a County at a time, so please do bookmark this site and visit us again. If you have any further information on any of the posts visited please contact Nick Catford. If you plan to visit you local post please read the words of warning first.

An Example of the Listing

OS Grid Ref: SY56028624
Date opened: March 1959
Date closed: October 1968
Location: In a small rectangular compound on the south side of a public footpath , 100 yards north of Abbotsbury Hill (B3157).
Description: OPEN All surface features remain intact although the hatch is detached although still in place and the ventilation louvres are missing. The step is also detached and the concrete apron around the access shaft is cracking. Internally there is much rubbish and rubble with graffiti on the walls. Four fence posts lie at the bottom of the shaft and the hatch counter balance and one ventilation louvre lie on the floor of the monitoring room. The twin bunks and single bed remain in place together with the cupboard (no doors), table (broken), shelf (detached), the waste bin and a plastic bowl.
Remaining surface buildings: An aircraft post stands in a separate compound a little to the south. It is approximately 10' X 6' and built of Portland stone on a concrete and brick base with an inner concrete lining. Two steps lead up to the open 7' X 7' observation room where there is evidence of the instrument table in the centre. The dividing wall between this and the 3' X 7' crew room is mostly gone with only a small piece of the sloping corrugate roof still in place.
Date of visit: 11.6.2000

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