Royal Observer Corps
Record added 27/4/2001
Post Name HOO
OS Grid Reference TQ77837344
County Kent
Date opened October 1960
Date closed September 1991
Location In overgrown fenced compound on North side of Ratcliffe Highway near junction with Bells Lane
Description WELDED All surface features are intact with some flaking of the green paint. A metal dome on the ventilation shaft indicates this was a master post. The hatch is open. Internally this was the best preserved post in SE England (excluding Knockholt which has been restored). With the exception of the instruments, battery, generator and siren virtually everything was still in place including folding table, cupboard, shelf, chairs, metal clothes lockers with ROC uniforms hanging on the front, more uniforms inside, posters, ROC magazines, tool board, splint, maps, all telecommunications equipment, wiring, post log and a mass of other papers. As this open post was in a very vulnerable position on a main road near a sports-field I returned the next day with Victor Smith and the monitoring room was stripped, everything going to the Gravesend bunker museum. For many years the post remained open but after recent road widening the hatch is now welded shut.
There is a Type 24 pillbox in one corner of the compound. The bunk beds have been set up in the pillbox as there was no space for them underground and the FSM probe cover was found alongside.
April 2015: Sold for 18,000
Date of Visit 21.4.1997
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