A visit to a Cold War Royal Observer Corps nuclear monitoring post

Dave Arnold was the Chief Observer of  a Royal Observer Corps nuclear monitoring post in Staffordshire in the UK.

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Now back to today’s episode. My instructions were to meet in the Royal Oak pub car park where I would be escorted to the post…right on 11am David appeared and guided me up various little used country lanes into the hills above Rushton Spencer and onto a rutted track.

We climbed further until a small well kept compound appeared over a ridge. Welcome to the Rushton Spencer Royal Observer Corps post…




Visiting the Post.

If you’d like to visit Rushton Spencer, you can contact Dave Arnold  via email at  g8yqa at outlook.com


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The Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Posts

Royal Observer Corps Films

Sound an Alarm – Part 1-6







Protect & Survive – 1970’s UK Public infommercials On Nuclear War Preparation


A public information film about joining the Royal Observer Corps from 1977


The Hole in the Ground


A programme from 1983 featuring the Royal Observer Corps’ Dulwich Post which was situated on the Dulwich and Sydenham Hill Golf Club


Forewarned is Forearmed a Royal Observer Corps film


Cold war Museums

Portadown monitoring post in Northern Ireland

Cosford National Cold War Museum

RAF Museum Hendon

York ROC Group Control Bunker

Dundee ROC Group/Sector Bunker

Barnton Quarry

Other Preserved ROC Posts

Map of ROC Monitoring Posts