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HER Number:MDV103028
Name:Royal Observer Corps Monitoring Post, Saunton Down.


A Royal Observer Corps monitoring post is visible on aerial photographs between 1964 and 2001 as an earthwork and structure. Athough now obscured by scrub the structure survived well when visited in 2000. It may be associated with the former Orlit post to the west.


Grid Reference:SS 437 383
Map Sheet:SS43NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1414148

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS MONITORING POST (Mid 20th Century - 1961 AD to 1964 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1964, RAF 543/2821 F64, NMR RAF/543/2821 F64 0224-0225 27-APR-1964 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349946.

A small rectangular enclosure is visible as a structure, with a mound internally.

Next Perspectives, 2001, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4338 22-MAY-2001 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349376.

The area is scrub covered, but a small grey structure is partially visible.

Hegarty, C. + Knight, S., 2011-2012, North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV349018.

A Royal Observer Corps monitoring post, for measuring fallout in the event of a nuclear attack, is visible on aerial photographs between 1964 and 2001 as an earthwork and structure. In the 1960s a low mound is visible within a rectangular enclosure circa 7 by 10 metres in size, and the surface hatch and vent are just discernable. By 2001 the area has become obscured by scrub, but a grey surface feature is still visible and is probably part of this Cold War structure, which appears to have survived well when visited in 2000. It is likely to have replaced the Orlit post formerly located to the west.

Subterranea Britannica: Research Study Group, 2012, Subterranea Britannica, http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/roc/db/988399666.009001.html (Website). SDV349127.

Opened December 1961 and closed in September 1991. Visited in September 2000. Summary of the description: Located in a small rectangular compound on Saunton Down, all surface features are intact although the hatch is badly corroded. Internal fixtures and fittings are present. A separate compound nearby was for the aircraft post of which only a junction box and fitting for headset were observed. Photographs of the interior and exterior are included.

2014, 28 Days Later Forum, http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/croyde-saunton-roc-post-devon-aug-10.t52871 (Website). SDV358081.

Unverified website includes ground photographs of this structure, including detail of specific elements, from August 2010. Accessed 29-OCT-2014

Sources / Further Reading

SDV349018Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S.. 2011-2012. North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. ACD383/2/1. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV349127Website: Subterranea Britannica: Research Study Group. 2012. Subterranea Britannica. www.subbrit.org.uk/. Website. http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/roc/db/988399666.009001.html.
SDV349376Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2001. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4338 22-MAY-2001.
SDV349946Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. RAF 543/2821 F64. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/543/2821 F64 0224-0225 27-APR-1964. [Mapped feature: #62529 ]
SDV358081Website: 2014. 28 Days Later Forum. http://www.28dayslater.co.uk. Website. http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/croyde-saunton-roc-post-devon-aug-10.t52871.

Associated Monuments

MDV103029Related to: Royal Observer Corps Orlit post, Saunton Down. (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6132 - North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty NMP Project (Ref: ACD383/2/1)

Date Last Edited:Oct 1 2020 5:52PM