From The Neolithic To The Sea: A Journey From The Past To The Present

ROC Out Newton

Roc Monitoring Post
53° 41' 50.1" N 0° 4' 22.3" E
1965 - 68

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ROC Out Newton is a Royal Observer Corps post in Yorkshire between Withernsea and Kilnsea. It sits on top of a cliff next to a lozenge type pillbox, close to the north sea. Due to erosion this post will soon fall onto the beach and be destroyed.

The ventilation shaft has been broken off to ground level. The top of the access shaft is badly damaged, the hatch has been ripped off and part of its adjacent ventilation shaft partially removed. The hatch is missing and the interior is filled with water. The Lozenge type pillbox was used as an observation post. The stairs remain but the platform is missing.

Royal Observer Corps (ROC) were given the responsibility of reporting nuclear bursts and monitoring fall-out. This was archived by the construction of underground monitoring posts throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland. These were designed to give limited fall-out protection, usually at the same location as the aircraft monitoring post.

These posts are basic, with no mains electricity or running water. Toilet facilities were basic in the extreme consisting of a chemical toilet in a small room just off the main entrance. This entrance is a 15ft shaft, dropping down to a large monitoring room, approximately 15ft by 7ft in size. These bunkers were built to a standard design. The furniture was also standardised inside the bunkers. A ventilation shaft with two louvered vents was located alongside the entrance shaft with a second air shaft at the other end of the room. Lighting was provided by a 12 volt battery located behind the monitoring room door.