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Ordnance Survey maps Leicestershire R.O.C observation post . 05 Sep 2019 13:25 #1

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Studying my copy of the Ordnance Survey !:25000 pathfinder map (green cover) sheet 927 for Market Harborough i found marked and named at SP 704 827 a R.O.C. observation post .i have never seen on named as such on a map before current mapping at 1:25000 omits the name but the field boundary is still marked albeit minus one central dividing boundary .Unfortunately i have yet to source the first edition (blue cover )map for the area so whether it was marked previously i do not know .considering that Ordnance Survey were notorious for omitting details of military installations i find this most strange particularly as is likely there are no standing remains or it was also or only a Nuclear observation Bunker. Does any one from Leicestershire Know the site or is able to offer any ideas as to why it came to be mapped ?
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Ordnance Survey maps Leicestershire R.O.C observation post . 05 Sep 2019 14:26 #2

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Although not clear on any of the maps the actual site looks to be at SP 70242 82677 and seems to be extant.(see attached photos)

I had a quick look at some older maps online and it appears to have been named on the 1968 1:2,500 scale and the 1971 1:10,00 scale but not on anything earlier, which is not surprising. Out of interest the little square field adjacent to the main road once held a windmill. It is not marked on my 2003 map and there are no maps online covering 1971 to 2003.

As it looks like the site contains an above ground post I wonder if that is what was marked and later removed from maps when the underground version was built?

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Ordnance Survey maps Leicestershire R.O.C observation post . 09 Sep 2019 11:38 #3

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Mr Kirk's suggestion sounds reasonable the structure seems to be quite substantial , more than just an Orlitt post which certainly would not have justified a mention on an O S map .The Google Earth picture is tantalising it shows ridge and furrow cultivation .What might be the mill site bottom left and also a strange hexagonal outline to the N West of the observation post which perhaps might have been some sort of emplacement !
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Ordnance Survey maps Leicestershire R.O.C observation post . 09 Sep 2019 15:57 #4

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There were a lot of circular "feature" in those fields and I suspect they may have been sheep pens or something else farmy.
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Ordnance Survey maps Leicestershire R.O.C observation post . 15 Sep 2019 18:41 #5

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Presumably it’s Clipston post? Northamptonshire (at least at that time).

www.subbrit.org.uk/sites/clipston-roc-post/

The reference to Leicestershire rather put me off!
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Ordnance Survey maps Leicestershire R.O.C observation post . 16 Sep 2019 10:26 #6

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DAMMIT apology's i assumed as it is close to Leicester it was leicestershire and Clipstone is the nearest village.
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Ordnance Survey maps Leicestershire R.O.C observation post . 16 Sep 2019 17:29 #7

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It is also on the Naseby Battlefield trail. goo.gl/maps/rX6bkqb7U3V8tdDZA
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