Record Details

NHER Number:35421
Type of record:Building
Name:Mundford Royal Observers Corp post

Summary

The Mundford Royal Observers Corp post was opened in 1961 and closed in 1991. There is an aircraft observation post and an underground room for measuring fallout in the event of nuclear attack. The men working here built a second structure without official authorisation. It has been suggested that this was constructed for the men's families, but this has been refuted. The small second bunker may have been constructed as a lavatory and was later used for storage. The Royal Observers Corp post can be seen as an earthwork on aerial photographs and visualised lidar data.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TL 8066 9516
Map Sheet:TL89NW
Parish:ICKBURGH, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Royal Observer Corps post.
Opened 1961, closed 1991. At end of telegraph poles. Surface features intact (interior not seen) and swathed in camoflage netting for unknown reasons. Aircraft observation post to northeast; to the south is a second bunker constructed by the men for their wives and children without official authorisation. This is therefore a unique example.
See (S1) for further details.
E. Rose (NLA), July 2000.

A member of the public [1] has stated that the second bunker was never intended to provide shelter for the wives and children of the men. It was only about 6ft by 4ft and was constructed over one weekend as a lavatory without authorisation from Area Control in Norwich, later used for storage.
Information from (S2).
H. Hamilton (NLA), 19 August 2008.
D. Gurney (NLA), 2 September 2008.

March 2019. Breckland National Mapping Programme.
The cold war Royal Observers Corp post at Munford can be seen as an earthwork on aerial photographs and visualised lidar data (S3-S4). The post is clearly visible in 1971 where it can be seen as an earthwork with two areas of possible concrete in close proximity. The post is also in amongst an area of earthworks relating to Second World War hut remains (NEHR 63082).
J.Powell (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 6th March 2019.

Monument Types

  • BUNKER (Cold War - 1945 AD to 1992 AD)
  • MOUND (Cold War - 1945 AD to 1992 AD)
  • STRUCTURE (Cold War - 1945 AD to 1992 AD)
  • ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS MONITORING POST (Mid 20th Century to Late 20th Century - 1961 AD to 1991 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

<S1>Article in Serial: Catford, N.. 1999. Royal Observer Corps Underground Posts in Norfolk.. Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society Journal. Vol 6, no 4, pp 59-70. p 65.
<S2>*Verbal Communication: Pendle, T.. 2008. Verbal communication regarding the Mundford Royal Observers Core post. 19 August 2008.
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. OS/71387 V 248-249 21-JUL-1971 (HEA Original Print).
<S4>LIDAR Airborne Survey: Various. LIDAR Airborne Survey. LIDAR TL8095 Environment Agency 1m DTM 31-MAY-2017.

Related records - none

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