Record Details

NHER Number:35419
Type of record:Building
Name:Cold War Royal Observer Corps post


This is an underground monitoring post used by the Royal Observer Corps (ROC) during the Cold War. Its function was to monitor the spread of fallout in the event of nuclear attack. It was closed down in 1991, but is still intact. A World War Two ROC aircraft observation post stands nearby.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 0408 3779
Map Sheet:TG03NW

Full description

Melton Constable Royal Observer Corps post.
Opened in 1958, closed 1991.
Surface features intact, interior clean with some furnishings.
Orlit A stands nearby.
See (S1).
E. Rose (NLA) July 2000.

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

Monument Types

  • ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS SITE (Cold War - 1945 AD to 1992 AD)
  • ORLIT POST (Mid 20th Century to Late 20th Century - 1958 AD to 1991 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


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. pp 59ff.
<S2>Monograph: Cocroft, W.. 2001. Cold War Monuments: An Assessment by the Monuments Protection Programme..

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