View Full Version : ROC Post, Culham, Oxfordshire. 30th August, 2011.

07-10-2011, 05:30 PM
The Royal Observer Corps (ROC) was a civilian volunteer organisation operating in the UK between October 1925 & December 1995. Originally set up as part of a raid reporting system, it was invaluable during the Battle of Britain before being superseded by radar & was instrumental in alerting fighter pilots to the presence of V1s (doodlebugs) by sending up 'Snowflake' flares. After the war a new role was found, reporting the effects of fallout in the event of a thermo-nuclear war.

This particular post opened in 1960 & closed in 1968 & can be reached by parking in the car park at Culham Lock, crossing the road & following the riverside path roughly 250 meters along the Thames towards Appleford until you see a sign warning you that you're entering a firing range. Ignore this & go through the gate. As you see the firing range go to your left & up the hill, you'll have to fight your way through the brambles until you see concrete. This is a WWII tank battery. Go along the side of this to the left & bit further uphill & you'll see the open hatch of the post.






These pictures are the best of the 20 I took of the post & the tank battery. In all honesty, there wasn't that much to see as this is really just a single room at the bottom of a 20ft shaft. To see the rest, go to my site (http://timbly.zxq.net/UESplash.html).

07-10-2011, 06:26 PM
That post is pretty trashed but good to see an update, was thinking of heading out soon myself but can see its not really worth it :thumb

Edit: Oh and next time post this in the ROC section bud, we have tons of posts in there like this:bgrin

08-10-2011, 05:51 PM
erm what has happened to this thread?

08-10-2011, 05:52 PM
Nice one mate - another off the list! Try and use the correct title format next time though please :thumb

10-10-2011, 08:36 PM
Seems I took it over, the other guy got scared by me so left it for dead, and here I am.

11-10-2011, 05:27 AM
It got moved to its proper section ROC Posts!

12-10-2011, 11:05 AM
Always interesting to see, thanks for posting it up.