Part of a three-day camping trip in Dorset & Devon we visited the West Lulworth ROC.
The Royal Observer Corps were set up in 1925 as part of the RAF. They provided visual detection and identification of aircraft over Great Britain. As the years after the war passed, they also became nuclear fallout monitoring posts if the cold war ever materialised in to Nuclear War.
The bunkers are small, rectangular rooms with just enough room for 2 people to fit in, comfortably. Three of us with tripods & camera gear was a little cramped.
West Lulworth ROC was lost to weeds and overgrown trees for over 10 years and believed to be locked until we spent a Winter afternoon in December 2008 cutting it all back to reveal the ROC hatch.
Hoping we’d found “a minter” we soon found that the door at the bottom of the hatch had been previously kicked in and anything of any interest that was there, gone.
There’s still some interesting bits & bobs littering the post and so we dropped in and took some photos.