Royal Observer Corps
Record added 24/4/2001
Post Name BARWICK-IN-ELMET
OS Grid Reference SE38793658
County Yorkshire
Date opened January 1962
Date closed September 1991
Location On a mound in a rectangular compound at the end of a line of telegraph poles, 50 yards north of Leeds Road.
Description LOCKED There is a short flight of concrete steps, with a handrail, up the mound. All surface features remain intact with some flaking of the turquoise paint. A metal dome on the ventilation shaft indicates this was a master post. There is a 3-foot high pole close to the access shaft with the mounting for an aircraft instrument fixed to the top of it. The hatch is locked. Remaining items include the table, shelf, cupboard, twin bunks and single bed (partially dismantled), 10 chairs, 9 Jerry cans, 3 mattresses, cluster map, 3 blankets, mirror, BPI mount, ROC magazines, BT junction box/wiring, various papers, 4 lights, Dexion rack, battery switching box, spade, broom, OS map on the wall, dustpan, kettle, bucket, air pipe for pump up mast, copper earth straps, coax cable for radio and a rope. The post was in 2003.
Remaining
Surface
Structures
There is a basic aircraft post consisting of railings around a grassed area in the compound. An earlier WW2 observation post was sited on tghe top of a Norman Motte in Barwick at SE339375. The base of this post is still extant as is the path and steps up to it. An iron pipe alongside the steps still contains telephone lines.
Date of Visit 9.9.2000 & 20.4.2003
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