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HER Number:MDV78222
Name:Cold War Bunker, Exeter Airfield


Nuclear bomb-burst and fallout warning and monitoring bunker.


Grid Reference:SX 996 932
Map Sheet:SX99SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishClyst Honiton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCLYST HONITON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OBSERVATION POST (Mid 20th Century to XXI - 1959 AD to 2010 AD (Between))

Full description

Francis, P., 1999, Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council, 80 (Report - non-specific). SDV323390.

ROC (Royal Observer Corps) Post.
During the late 1950s the traditional ROC air-raid warning system evolved into a warning and monitoring organisation covering nuclear bomb-burst and the drift of fallout. To serve this new organisation, in 1956 a new underground concrete bunker was designed. During its peak operational period in early 1968, the ROC were operating 999 underground monitoring posts of this type in England, of which 46 examples were built in Devon between 1959 and 1963.
Constructed on the cut-and-cover principle, it is built from reinforced concrete and consists of a single room (4.6 metres by 2.3 metres), used as the living and monitoring room and a chemical closet. At ground level the only evidence to be seen is the access hatch at one end and a small air vent at the opposite end.
Access not possible, so condition unknown. Other details: Map 7, Site 118.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV323390Report - non-specific: Francis, P.. 1999. Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council. Airfield Research Publishing Report. Digital + A4. 80.

Associated Monuments

MDV48842Part of: Exeter Airfield (Military) (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4774 - Historic Airport Survey, Exeter Airport
  • EDV6741 - Monitoring and recording, B3184 Exeter Airport Access Road, Clyst Hydon, East Devon (Ref: C1/AMR/14/EAD)

Date Last Edited:Mar 13 2020 8:20AM