Royal Observer Corps
Record added 2/5/2001
Post Name CHARD
OS Grid Reference ST30890913
County Somerset
Date opened Unknown
Date closed September 1991
Location In an 'L' shaped compound at the end of a line of telegraph poles on the south side of Catchgate Lane.
Description OPEN All surface features remain intact with some flaking of the green paint. A dome and aerial bracket on the ventilation shaft indicates this was a master post. The hatch is open. Internally the post has been severely fire damaged with everything covered with soot. Remaining artefacts include the table, shelf, cupboard, rack of dexion shelving, battery switching box, siren box, mattress, canvas chair and two old wood louvres. Much of the rubbish has been swept to one side and there is a mattress with blankets neatly made up on the floor indicating that someone has been sleeping there since the fire. When inspected in 2007 tghere was further fire damage to the monitoring room.
An Orlit B in good condition stands in the leg of the 'L'. It retains most of its green paint and has a GZI mounting on a concrete plinth on the roof. The concrete platform at the top of the steps is damaged.
Date of Visit 20.8.2000
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