The Royal Observer Corps (ROC) was a defence warning organisation operating from 1925. It was created to provide a system for detecting, tracking and reporting aircraft over Britain. They played a very important part during World War Two with the Battle of Britain.
The end of the Second World War brought with it the new and terrifying prospect of nuclear war. In Britain the public would have had a mere four minute warning of the approach of nuclear missiles and it was the job of the Royal Observer Corps to warn the public of the impending attack, report the explosions and plot the path of the deadly nuclear fallout.
From 1955 the Corps operated from 1563 ROC underground monitoring 'posts' about 7-8 miles apart from each other throughout the UK. In 1968 the Corps was re-organised and about half of the posts were closed . In September 1991 the remaining 872 posts were stood down and were abandoned.
This website is an ongoing survey to document all the underground posts and their Group Headquarter bunkers in England and Wales. Posts in Scotland and Northern Ireland will not be visited or included, mainly due to time and money restraints. Please visit the Subbrit website whose link can be found on the links page to see reports of those locations during Nick Catford's survey.
You will also find another section to the website documenting other underground locations, ex-military sites, forts, disused underground stations, bunkers and tunnels.
Please use the drop down function on the left, you can search through from country, county and post name, each post then contains pictures, inside each bunker where possible. The posts are within the county they were in at the time they were built in the 1950's and 60's.
If you are a post owner and can kindly arrange an inspection, please contact me via the website.
Thanks for visiting, please keep coming back as more posts we be added as and when they are visited.
If you would like to visit a restored post to see how the bunkers would have looked during their operational life i have restored the Cuckfield Post in Sussex. The bunker is securely locked and alarmed. No items of value or artifacts are left in the post. They are removed after each opening.
Please contact me via the website to arrange a visit. Private visitors, historical groups, press and documentary makers are welcome. A donation towards the insurance and upkeep of the bunker is appreciated after your visit.
BE WARNED VISITING THESE SITES CAN BE DANGEROUS, THEY ARE ALSO SOMETIMES ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.
I DO NOT TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY OF ANYONE VISITING THESE LOCATIONS. YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. I DO NOT CONDONE ANY ILLEGAL ACTIVITY.