Record Details

NHER Number:11809
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cold War Royal Observer Corps site


A Cold War Orlit post structure and an underground chamber exist here. They were constructed in 1960 and served as a Royal Observer Corps post until 1968. Both are located on the eastern edge of New Buckenham Common and are in ruins. There are plans (2013) to restore and provide interpretation.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 0962 9073
Map Sheet:TM09SE

Full description

1976, 1982 and 2000. On the common just west of eastern hedge (NHER 9219) and north of B1113.
Concrete structure in form of two unroofed rooms supported on concrete posts and approached by iron steps.
Observer post constructed in 1960, closed 1968. Ruinous. Its underground chamber is on the other side of the hedge.
Interior is now flooded but two beds can be seen floating inside.
See reference (S1).
E. Rose (NAU), 18 November 1976, 17 November 1982, (NLA) July 2000.

Work to conserve the remains of the tower and to repaint it are planned by the end of the year.
D. Gurney (HES), 28 August 2013.

Monument Types

  • ORLIT POST (Mid 20th Century to Late 20th Century - 1960 AD to 1968 AD)
  • ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS SITE (Mid 20th Century to Late 20th Century - 1960 AD to 1968 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Article in Serial: Catford, N.. 1999. ROC Underground Posts in Norfolk.. NIAS Journal. pp 59ff.

Related records - none

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