Royal Observer Corps
Record added 24/4/2001
Post Name PICKERING
OS Grid Reference SE79298444
County Yorkshire
Date opened November 1961
Date closed September 1991
Location In an L shaped compound at the end of a line of telegraph poles on top of a castle mound (motte) called Beacon Hill. 100 yards North West from the end of First Avenue and due North from Lady Lumley School.
Description LOCKED All surface features remain intact with the light green paint flaking badly. The ventilation louvres are missing and the top of the access shaft has been badly damaged by people trying to break in. The step has also been badly hacked. The top of the ventilation shaft is detached and lying on the ground. The post was broken into in 2001 and has been trashed, the walls are covered in graffiti and the floor is strewn with rubbish. It was subsequently welded shut by the council but was re-opened in 2003 for an internal inspection and has now been re-locked with a new hasp and padlock being fitted. Remaining items include: table, shelf, cupboard, twin bunks, 2 canvas chairs, siren box, battery box, chair, BT junction boxes/wiring, BPI mount, 2 mattresses, 3 ness tins, teapot, shelf on wall opposite the cupboard, some papers, saucepan, kettle, plastic bowls, cups, 4 blankets, light, waste bin and a rake. The post was sold in 2003.
Remaining
Surface
Structures
An Orlit A stands in the short arm of the compound. It is in good condition with telephone cables and the GPO connection box still in place. The wooden instrument mounting is still intact and there is a hinged corrugated iron roof over the open section.
Date of Visit 16.5.1999 & 20.4.2003
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