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    Default Clydach ROC post, South Wales (PIC HEAVY)


    CLYDACH ROC NUCLEAR MONITORING POST

    Hey! this is my first post in a while, so here it goes....

    Clydach ROC post is in my local vicinity, so i thought id go and have a mosey. i know many people have started threads on this particular location but its so hard to find something that someone hasn't already done a report on these days.

    Date opened May 1962
    Date closed September 1991


    Royal Observer Corps Monitoring Posts are underground structures all over the United Kingdom, constructed as a result of the Corps' nuclear reporting role and operated by volunteers during the Cold War between 1955 and 1991.

    In all but a very few instances the posts were built to a standard design consisting of a 14-foot-deep access shaft, a toilet/store and a monitoring room. The most unusual post was the non-standard one constructed in a cellar within Windsor Castle.

    Around 1600 were built, Almost half of the total number of posts were closed in 1968 during a reorganization and major contraction of the ROC. Several others closed over the next 40 years as a result of structural difficulties (persistent flooding, or regular vandalism) The remainder of the posts were closed in 1991 when the majority of the ROC was stood down following the break-up of the Communist Bloc. Many have been demolished or adapted to other uses but the majority still exist, although in a derelict condition.

    Some good info on ROC posts here.
    Observer Post

    Anyway that's enough info... Now on with the report!! (PIC HEAVY)

    I have known about this place for a while but never really been, 30 odd minuets on google earth and i found it. So i packed my camera and torch and headed off to explore.

    When i arrived at the site the way to the hatch wasn't to much of a scramble, although covered in brambles and thorns.








    All surface features remain intact with the light green paint in good condition, and as a bonus, (although i had doubts when i seen the padlock) the hatch is open!










    So i descended the ladder (with a little bit of fear as i have never been to a site like this and descend on my own)









    Internally little much remains including table, shelf, two chairs, wooden crates, WB1401 Carrier Receiver with WB1410 filter unit (may be mistaken), Tele-Talk, a kettle and a tin opener!



























    Apparently chris and emily where here at some point too.



    After taking some photos i decided to ascend and leave as a police van was circling the area with a cop on the roof of the van for some odd reason haha!
    On the way there i spotted a abandoned farm so i popped my head in for a nose and will do a report on that when i find out more info on it.

    So that concludes my report on this particular ROC post, I hope you enjoyed it as much as i did
    Thanks for reading and any comments are welcome, peace out.
    Last edited by welsh_noir; 12th Feb 17 at 22:02.

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    Got to love an ROC post mooch.

    You say there ain't much left inside are you kidding you should see the ones
    Around here in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire all burnt out and gutted.

    Liking the B&W images gives a good feel.

    Cheers Newage
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    i've been making a list of potential getinable ROC posts to visit close to me not sure how i missed that one!? nice pics agree the B&W give it a great feel... will be visiting soon

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    this was my first one and there will be more soon, i love B&W photography. really gives a scene character.

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    tbh honest i was expecting more but i still really enjoyed, some great history too

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    I enjoyed it, Thanks
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    😁

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    no need to thank and your welcome.

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    somebody swiped the glitto.

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    whats a glitto?

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    Quote Originally Posted by welsh_noir View Post
    whats a glitto?
    An ROC posts not complete without its Glitto, ( scouring powder)
    Smiler
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