Information for record number MWA9568:
Napton-on-the-Hill Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Post

Summary Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Post at Napton-on-the-Hill. Monitoring posts were to be used for reporting nuclear bursts and monitoring fall-out in the modern period. The post lies in fields 200m south of Napton Windmill.
What Is It?  
Type: Royal Observer Corps Site, Underground Monitoring Post
Period: Unknown
Where Is It?  
Parish: Napton on the Hill
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 45 61
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record
Description

 
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1 The primary role of the Royal Observer Corps (ROC) was the recognition and identification of hostile aircraft. With the start of the cold war and the increasing threat of nuclear attack in the 1950's, the ROC was given the added responsibility of reporting nuclear bursts and monitoring fall-out which necessitated the construction of 1563 underground monitoring posts throughout Great Britain & Northern Ireland. On a low mound in the south west corner of a field at the junction. The only evidence of the post is the fencing, including the gate opening. There is a seat alongside with a commemorative plaque to a world war two Observer Post. Opened July 1959. Closed October 1968. Exact location not known.
 
Sources

Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Twentieth Century Fortifications in England, vol XI.1
Author/originator: Dobinson C S
Date: 2000
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: vol XI.1
   
Source No: 1
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: Royal Observer Corps An Online Survey of the UK's R.O.C and UK W.M.O Monitoring Posts
Author/originator: Subterranea Britannica
Date: 2002
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet:
   
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period Modern The Modern Period, about 1915 AD to the present (the 20th and 21st centuries AD)

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period modern About 1915 AD to the present (the 20th and 21st centuries AD)

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monument COMMEMORATIVE * This is the top term for the class. See COMMEMORATIVE Class List for narrow terms. back
monument WINDMILL * A tower-like structure of wood or brick with a wooden cap and sails which are driven around by the wind producing power to work the internal machinery. Use with product type where known. back
monument ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS SITE * A site or structure associated with the activities of the Royal Observer Corps. The Corps was formed on 1 January 1947 and disbanded in 1991. back
monument FORTIFICATION * A usually permanent defensive work. Use specific type where known. back
monument SEAT * An external structure used to sit on. back
monument FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. back
monument AIRCRAFT * An aircraft, either whole or in part. Aircraft often survive as commemorative monuments, gate guardians or crash sites. back
monument UNDERGROUND MONITORING POST * A small underground chamber from where it was intended to monitor radioactive fallout in the event of nuclear attack. The majority were built between 1956 and 1964, although construction continued into the early 1970s. back
monument PLAQUE * An ornamental, commemorative tablet. Use with materials field when indexing. back
monument GATE * A movable stucture which enables or prevents entrance to be gained. Usually situated in a wall or similar barrier and supported by gate posts. back
monument MOUND * A natural or artificial elevation of earth or stones, such as the earth heaped upon a grave. Use more specific type where known. back

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