View Full Version : Wykeham ROC Post - (Yorkshire Group) - December 2011

30-12-2011, 11:31 AM
1991 Closure. Visited with Triplesix.

Status: Open.

This post really upset me. It has been totally ruined. It had, at one time been restord. The FSM dome used to permanently in place. The Aircraft post had a roof. The compund was clean and tidy. According to Subbrit - there was new telegraph poles and there was a phone connection. Now, this is not the case.

Subbrits photo from June 2000

December 2011

Overgrown. The telegraph pole has vanished.

The roof has gone on the post.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7158/6599248897_177eb9f6f3_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kryptonuk/6599248897/)
Luckilly, the instrument mount remains.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7014/6599246947_22be488e45_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kryptonuk/6599246947/)

This box, which probablys housed phone connections and electricity has been ripped open and stipped.
In general, the aircraft post doesnt have a door anymore, doesnt have a roof and has been set on fire.
Now onto the monitoring post....

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7169/6599385019_7be06c4068_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kryptonuk/6599385019/)
It is clear someone has once cared for this post - the extra security fitted on the hatch etc etc. What annoyed me is that whoever nicked the fsm dome didnt even bother putting the blanking plate back on top.

Subbrits Photo from 2000

Now onto the inside. The post wasnt locked and as soon as i opened the hatch - i could smell what had happened inside. Fire.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7024/6599371971_46fdafc159_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kryptonuk/6599371971/)

Everything destroyed.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7029/6599375423_338580267b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kryptonuk/6599375423/)

Only a chair, a small cardboard box on a shelf and a charred can of glitto remain. There was white dust around the exterior of the vent shafts which i take to be from the polestyrene tiles. The monitoring room door has been smashed open, making it impossible to move and gain access to the store.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7006/6599381403_07dc23ff69_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kryptonuk/6599381403/)

MarkR's report from 2007 and 2009 can be seen HERE (http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=24795).

This post has once been someones pride and joy and i dont understand how it has gotten like this. It is miles away from houses and at the end of a dead end road. The owner may have died for all we know. if i lived closer i would deffo attempt to restore it.


30-12-2011, 12:30 PM
We stopped by here in the Summer of 2010 on a 'whistle stop tour' after coming back from the Yorkshire Moors railway we stopped to visit this post, never posted a report as the pictures I took were pretty crap and only had the ones you see below.

We was probably the last people in here prior to you and since then a lot of stuff seems to have been removed, but not just that the grass above ground looks cut and also someone has added a pair or bunks which wasn't there when we visited.

Compare them with yours:


Cut grass?


Overgrown when we went




Plenty of stuff in 2010 just a bit of a mess, but its the same wall note the BPI mount and the way its been painted and marked etc


Last one and if your compare it with your one 2nd to last one you can see the wiring on the shelf is very similar.

So someone has cleared the post, possibly cut the grass and the bunks placed in. So someone whether it be owner or just a randm joe someone has clearly come back and maybe a restoration attempt re started, but since then its been torched. Very strange indeed....

30-12-2011, 12:35 PM
How Bizarre - you are right - the bunks have been added - that has really stumped me.

I was thinking that someone must have been in and cleared rubble because there was no where near enough debris from the chairs and siren crate etc etc and the floor seemed pretty clean for somewhere that had been torched. I dont understand this one :\

30-12-2011, 12:38 PM
Maybe what might have happened (this is Tankman's theory) that the post has been torched and since then the owners or restorer has gone back, cleaned up the burnt debris and added the bunks. Sounds pretty solid to me :thumb

30-12-2011, 12:38 PM
I dont understand why they would want to add bunks to it though

30-12-2011, 12:43 PM
Well must have just been part of the restoration effort, but yeh it is odd. You say there is no houses around for miles but I remember when we visited there was a farm just down the hill?

30-12-2011, 12:53 PM
Theres a farm yeah but hardly the type to burn out a post

30-12-2011, 01:14 PM
Poor post.