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York 37 ROC Post Restoration Project


near Brandsby,
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In a corner of a rather ordinary farmers field near the lovely Village of Brandsby liesa secret. A secret of dark times past that thankfully never happened. However, a dedicated group of local people actually volunteered to descend into a dark, cramped and somewhat damp bunker after the second world war to as recently as 1991

Such is the 'York 37 Post (Brandsby) Restoration Project'. A non-profit group of volunteers and enthusiasts who are dedicated to restoring the former Royal Observer Corps Monitoring Post at Brandsby to exactly how it would have looked at stand-down on September 30th 1991. They are indeed caretakers of one of the few restored ROC bunker posts open to the in the north of England. the nearest restored Post to the UKs only restored Royal Observer Core HQ, we are open most Sundays from Easter to October

In all but a few instances the Monitoring Posts were built to a standard design consisting of an access shaft, a toilet/store and a monitoring room , see the diagram.

Restoration of the underground post is now complete and we are open for visits by small groups with any donations being split between upkeep of the post and the Royal Observer Corps Association.(the lion's share going to the latter)

We are also pleased to announce that we have now acquired the former Romeo 3 (Tollerton) Orlit B which has been very kindly donated by the Eagle family. Our Orlit will be reconstructed at Brandsby and fully restored to show visitors the role of the Royal Observer Corps prior to going underground in its nuclear reporting role.


Up until the 1950s the role of the Royal Observer Corps was concerned with the spotting and identification of attacking enemy aircraft. As the Cold War intensified the Corps role changed to that of monitoring of blast and fall-out in the event of a nuclear strike.

In order to undertake this role between 1958 and 1968 a countrywide building programme resulted in a network of 1,563 underground monitoring posts, approximately eight square miles apart, distributed throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland being built, usually at the site of a former aircraft observation post, at an estimated cost of almost 5,000 pounds each.

In all but a few instances the posts were built to a standard design consisting of an access shaft, toilet/store and monitoring room. The posts were excavated to a depth of between ten and twenty five feet, a monocoque reinforced concrete building was cast and bitumen tanked (or waterproofed), before the whole structure was covered by a compacted soil mound.

The posts were arranged in clusters under the command of a Master Post which in turn reported to a Group Headquarters (in this case 20 Group, York).The posts were manned on a rota system by ten volunteer Observers, three at a time, under the command of a Chief Observer and a Leading Observer.

Conditions in these posts were cramped, cold, and in some cases damp and in the event of a nuclear strike the post would need to be manned for up to 21 Days continuously.

In 1968 the Corps was re-organised and half of the posts closed. Two further posts closed in the following years and then on 30th September 1991 the remaining 870 posts finally stood down and were abandoned.


Most Sundays afer Easter


Frtee but a donation would be appreciated to help with maintaining the site


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