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HER Number:MDV103029
Name:Royal Observer Corps Orlit post, Saunton Down.


A Royal Observer Corps (ROC) Orlit post is visible on aerial photographs between 1957 and 1969 as raised structure within a fenced enclosure. This Cold War structure was probably replaced by the ROC underground monitoring post to the east during the 1960s. Very little survived when visited in 2000.


Grid Reference:SS 436 383
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

  • ORLIT POST (XX - 1957 AD to 1969 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1957, RAF/58/2205 F22, NMR RAF/58/2205 F22 0080-0081 05-JUL-1957 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349748.

An unroofed rectangular structure, raised on four posts, is visible within a rectangular fenced enclosure.

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

A small rectangular structure raised on posts is visible within a rectangular enclosure.

Ordnance Survey, 1969, OS/69056, NMR OS/69056 044 03-APR-1969 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349072.

The structure is clearly visible.

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

The structure is not 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 Type B Orlit post for aircraft observation during the Cold War is visible on aerial photographs between 1957 and 1969. It is circa 2 by 3 metres in plan and raised on four posts, it is mostly unroofed with the exception of approximately 1 metre on the west side for the shelter and store, and sited within a rectangular enclosure measuring circa 6 by 7 metres. It is not visible on 1940s aerial photographs, consistent with other known Orlit posts, and appears to have been removed between 1969 and 2001, presumably having been replaced during the 1960s by the Royal Observer Corps underground monitoring post just to the east. Very little survived when visited in 2000.

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

Only a junction box and fitting for headset of the aircraft post were observed when visited in 2000.

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
SDV349072Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1969. OS/69056. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR OS/69056 044 03-APR-1969.
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.
SDV349748Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1957. RAF/58/2205 F22. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/58/2205 F22 0080-0081 05-JUL-1957.
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: #62530 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV103028Related to: Royal Observer Corps Monitoring Post, Saunton Down. (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6132 - North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty NMP Project

Date Last Edited:Feb 1 2013 11:40AM