Record Details

NHER Number:18080
Type of record:Monument
Name:ROC Underground Monitoring Post and Orlit Post

Summary

This is a unique type of ROC Underground Monitoring Post in Norfolk. The brick tower was built in the 1960s, and had an Orlit post on top of the tower. The post has been identified as a Cold War monument of national importance.

Images

  • A unique type of an ROC underground monitoring post built during the Cold War  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Location

Grid Reference:TG 0861 1898
Map Sheet:TG01NE
Parish:GREAT WITCHINGHAM, BROADLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

July 2000. Field Observation.
Royal Observer Corps post.
An unique brick tower, unlike any other Royal Observer Corps posts in Norfolk. This post, which unaccountably was known as Reepham, was constructed as late as September 1962 and closed in 1968. The internal fittings remain but are dismantled and stored inside. The Orlit on top of the tower retains instrument mounting and a two stage ladder. Presumably the older pattern was still in use in 1962 and it is uncertain why this one example was chosen for Norfolk.
See (S1).
E. Rose (NAU) July 2000.

2001.
The Cold War MPP assessment identifies this as a site of national importance, and it is to be listed or scheduled.
See (S2) for details and report on CD ROM.
D. Gurney (NLA), 27 December 2001.

Monument Types

  • ORLIT POST (Cold War - 1962 AD to 1968 AD)
  • ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS MONITORING POST (Cold War - 1962 AD to 1968 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Article in serial: Catford, N.. 1999. ROC Underground Posts in Norfolk.. NIAS Journal. pp 59ff.
<S2>Monograph: Cocroft, W.. 2001. Cold War Monuments: An Assessment by the Monuments Protection Programme..

Related records - none

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