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ROC Saltend

ROC Monitoring Post
53° 42' 26.0" N 0° 12' 34.7" W
1962 - 68

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ROC Saltend is a Royal Observer Corps post in Yorkshire near Paull close to Hull

All surface features remain intact with some blue paint remaining on the louvres. The concrete step up to the shaft is breaking away from the apron. Two telegraph poles remain, one amongst the trees by the road and a second 50 yards from the post.

Internally the post has been completely stripped, including the doors, all that remains are the BPI baffle plates. There is evidence of a fire. The post was known locally as Paull but it was never officially re-named.

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.