I’ve already posted about a couple of trips that I made this week, now I’m getting round to my third trip; to a derelict nuclear bunker.

The Royal Observer Corps (ROC) was actually founded in 1925, but in the 1950s with the threat of nuclear war from Russia, they were tasked with monitoring the fallout from any nuclear attack. A network of bunkers were built across the country, in groups of three or four that could communicate with each other, and a master post that had radio communication. Each bunker was 7-8 miles apart, with more than 1,500 across the country. By 1991, all of the posts had been shut down. Around the country, some still exist, a few are accessible, and even fewer are in good condition. I’m no historian, but plenty of information is available on the history of the group.

I was lucky enough to visit one such post that is still in good condition, with several items from the original inventory still present inside. This post was opened in 1961, and closed in 1991, so it was among the last to remain active after many were closed in the late 1960s. Some photos are below.

entrance to monitoring post

Heavily overgrown entrance to the post

Inside you can see the lower half of the bunk bed and part of the original cupboard. Above the dartboard is one of the ventilation shafts which also the route to some of the measuring equipment on the surface

Inside you can see the lower half of the bunk bed and part of the original cupboard. Above the dartboard is one of the ventilation shafts which also the route to some of the measuring equipment on the surface

Cupboard contents

Cupboard contents including the original toilet paper. Some items are more recent (eg tinned potatoes, best before December 2013)

doorway

Doorway to the ladder access and chemical toilet

Ventilation system

I understand that this is part of an experimental ventilation system that was being tested

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