Royal Observer Corps
Record added 26/4/2001
OS Grid Reference TL92261149
County Essex
Date opened June 1959
Date closed October 1968
Location In a compound on the south side of Beckingham Road in the rear garden of Heron Hill.
Description OPEN. Externally the post is in fair condition with all surface features intact but there are some cracks in the concrete. Internally the post it is clean but all furniture has been removed by the present owner apart from the cupboard and table. Some wiring remains together with part of the surface post instrument consisting of a circular (about 15" diameter) outline map of the Blackwater Estuary with a metal outer rim with compass bearings marked on it. There is a mounting hole in the centre. Local ROC posts are also shown. A diagram of the instrument is shown on page 43 of Attack Warning Red. The owner Mr. Morgan has a file of papers relating to the ROC post including the original lease. When the MOD relinquished the lease they paid 100 for the posts demolition!
A brick aircraft observation building, probably dating from the war, stands nearby.
Date of Visit 21.5.1998
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