Information for record number MWA9629:
Royal Observer Corps in Alderminster

Summary The site of a Royal Observer Corps Post established in 1937 to identify and monitor any enemy aircraft. It was located 200m south of Knavehill Wood.
What Is It?  
Type: Royal Observer Corps Site, Observation Post
Period: Unknown
Where Is It?  
Parish: Alderminster
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 24 48
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 This Royal Observer Corps Post was established in, or before June 1937 as Post 2, cluster D, 5 Group. In, or before November 1944 it was relocated, under the same title, to SP252443 [WA9569]. The Royal Observer Corps, which was largely manned by volunteers, was detailed to monitor enemy aircraft.
2 The site of a Royal Observer Corps Post established in June 1937, 200metres south of Knavehill Wood. The post was established to identify and monitor any enemy aircraft but was later moved to a new location southeast of Armscote in November 1944. Though this was supposed to be a temporary location, and nothing was visible on historical aerial photographs taken in 1946, there is a rectangular building located at SP 24411 48615 which is first seen on aerial photographs taken in 1961, which resembles an above ground Orlit post and is still there in 2007. (STILL THERE 2012-13).

Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Twentieth Century Fortifications in England, vol XI.2
Author/originator: Dobinson C S
Date: 2000
Page Number: 302
Volume/Sheet: vol XI.2
Source No: 2
Source Type: Desk Top Study
Title: SE Warwickshire and Cotswolds NMP Project
Author/originator: Amanda Dickson
Date: 2010-2012
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technique Aerial Photograph Aerial photographs are taken during an aerial survey, which involves looking at the ground from above. It is usually easier to see cropmarks and earthworks when they are viewed from above. Aerial photographs help archaeologists to record what they see and to identify new sites. There are two kinds of aerial photographs; oblique and vertical. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific 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 WOOD * A tract of land with trees, sometimes acting as a boundary or barrier, usually smaller and less wild than a forest. back
monument AIRCRAFT * An aircraft, either whole or in part. Aircraft often survive as commemorative monuments, gate guardians or crash sites. back
monument OBSERVATION POST * A building or site for watching specific military activities or the movement of enemy forces, etc. back
monument ORLIT POST * A small prefabricated, reinforced concrete structure manufactured by Messrs Orlit Ltd for the Royal Observer Corps. The first were ordered in 1951, most were redundant by 1955, a few remained in use in eastern England until 1965. back

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