The Lizard Post History

photos of the Lizard Post taken late June 2002

Article provided by Lawrence Holmes

The above ground aircraft reporting post opened in December 1941 at grid reference SW 712121 as part of No 20 Group Truro and was designated Q3. The post was probably a wooden structure. In 1942 tie-lines were set up to the Coast Guard Stations at Porthanstock and The Lizard Point and the post was equipped with rocket flares for directing fighters on to the track of enemy aircraft. In the late 1940s the wartime post was demolished and an ‘Orlit Type A’ post was built. In November l953 the post was re-designated G4 as part of the re-numbered No 11 Group. Truro. In July 1958 the above ground Orlit post was discontinued and an underground post was built at the side of the above ground post to carry out nuclear monitoring. In October 1968 the post was again re-designated to C3 still in No 11 Group. In April 1973 No 11 Group Truro was closed down and all the Cornish posts were absorbed into No 10 Group Exeter, the Lizard post being re-designated N3. In November 1982, the introduction of electronic data transmission led to the last re-designation to 62 Post. The post continued in use until general stand down in September 1991. Since that date the site has reverted back to the original landowner, the National Trust. Both above ground Orlit and below ground posts still exist to be seen today. The Orlit post until relatively recently still had the top on. In 2002 the National Trust carried some minor work to tidy up the site and provide a new gate and fence.

Overall photo showing Orlit A post with nuclear post at the side

Close-up of Orlit post

Inside of Orlit post

Item of interest

Between July 26th and 28th 1985, as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for the formation of the ROC (1925-1985), a run was commenced at the Lizard post ending at Bentley Priory ROC HQ. ROC member runners carried a beacon torch (like in our Beacon Lighter Emblem) from the Lizard to Bentley Priory where they were met by the Commandant ROC. The start point at the Lizard, and the route, was chosen because the very first early warning system was the Elizabeth 1 beacon fires warning of the approach of the Spanish Armada to the Queen in London. The first point at which the Armada was sighted in 1588 was off the Lizard. The Lizard post is the southernmost post in the UK.

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