Tyne and Wear HER(5880): Washington, Royal Observer Corps Monitoring Post - Details
Washington, Royal Observer Corps Monitoring Post
Royal Observer Corps Site
Opened as post 2 in cluster E of 30 Group here in December 1936. In or before April 1943 the post was resited further north (HER 5881). Having moved to Hastings Hill (HER 5882) in 1949, the post was resited briefly back at this site at Washington in or before December 1952, before moving back to Hastings Hill in 1952. This was a visual observation post to track aircraft movements. Early Observer Corps Posts had a simple instrument for plotting the plan position of the aircraft. Throughout WW2 the ROC had a more sophisticated "Post Instrument" which also recorded the height of the aircraft. WW2 posts were frequently simply sand bagged emplacements, or more sophisticated examples were of domestic brick construction, some two-storey, with an open observation post and a crew room. Some had latrines.
<< HER 5880 >> C.S. Dobinson, 2000, Twentieth Century Fortifications in England, The Cold War, Vol XI, 2, p 212 Council For British Archaeology, 1995, Twentieth Century, Defences in Britain - An Introductory Guide Handbook of The Defence of Britain Project, p 32; D. Wood, 1992, Attack Warning Red; http://subbrit.org.uk