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HER Number:MDV55094
Name:Royal Observer Corps Post on Mount Folly Farm, Bigbury


'Orlit' Type B observation post of circa 1951.


Grid Reference:SX 656 448
Map Sheet:SX64SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBigbury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBIGBURY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX64SE/95

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OBSERVATION POST (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Wood, D., 1992, Attack Warning Red, 284 (Monograph). SDV143823.

Wood records that the Observer Corps post at Bigbury was relocated to SX653447 in 1952. This is probably the site recorded by McCroom. The site had been at SX664448 during the war and was relocated again in 1962 to SX602488.

McCroom, L. H., 1995, Lookout at Mount Folly Farm (Worksheet). SDV338664.

?1939-45 lookout at Mount Folly Farm, Bigbury. NGR given as SX661445, but this is for the farm. Photo annotation refer to the post being sited at the highest point of the farm.

Horner, W., 1995, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV338665.

This is an "Orlit" type B Royal Observer Corps post of c.1951. Such posts were constructed of pre-cast concrete panels forming a rectangular structure 3.05 by 2.03m divided into an open observation area and a roofed shelter and store. Type B posts such as this were raised on 1.37m high concrete legs, with access via a wide metal ladder.

Dobinson, C. S., 2000, Twentieth Century Fortifications in England Vol. XI.1 & XI.2: The Cold War, 202 (Report - non-specific). SDV324255.

Elevated Orlit required for Resite.

Passmore, A. J., 2007, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV338726.

Observation Post is at SX6566244802.

Passmore, M., 2010, Cold War Royal Observer Corps Structures, 2-3 (Leaflet). SDV345153.

An Orlit post overlooking Bigbury Bay, comprising a small shelter for the crew and an open observation area, is illustrated on page one. Other details: Photograph.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV143823Monograph: Wood, D.. 1992. Attack Warning Red. Attack Warning Red. Unknown. 284.
SDV324255Report - non-specific: Dobinson, C. S.. 2000. Twentieth Century Fortifications in England Vol. XI.1 & XI.2: The Cold War. Twentieth Century Fortifications in England. XI.1 & XI.2. A4 Bound + Digital. 202.
SDV338664Worksheet: McCroom, L. H.. 1995. Lookout at Mount Folly Farm. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV338665Personal Comment: Horner, W.. 1995.
SDV338726Personal Comment: Passmore, A. J.. 2007.
SDV345153Leaflet: Passmore, M.. 2010. Cold War Royal Observer Corps Structures. A Brief Introduction to Twentieth Century Military and Civil Defence Archae. 3. A4 Folded + digital. 2-3.

Associated Monuments

MDV72297Related to: Holbeton, ROC post (Monument)
MDV72296Related to: Royal Observer Corps Post at Bigbury on Sea (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4883 - Site Visit to ROC Orlit Post at Bigbury Bay

Date Last Edited:Sep 15 2010 11:37AM