Discovering Lepe’s Cold War History

The exciting new Heritage Lottery Funded Project at Lepe Country Park.

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© Royal Oberver Corps

Lepe Country Park has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to renovate the Royal Observer Corps (ROC) Monitoring Post. The underground post will be restored to its original 1960s condition when members of the ROC were first stationed there to monitor the effects of a nuclear blast should Britain come under attack.

DSC_4902webThe fascinating remnant of the Cold War lies hidden from view at Lepe Country Park. Thorough research will be carried out to uncover why a network of Monitoring Posts were built to protect our shores and how the volunteers charged with manning the post felt about their responsibilities.

“At a given instruction I was to go to the post at Lepe where I would be given arms and would stay until after an Atomic Explosion. After the all clear I would be given a set beat and would be responsible for law and order. At the time I was not happy … to leave my family. Thankfully the orders never came.” Keith David Laurence, Special Constable

We will be hosting an array of activities for families, schools and all our visitors to get involved in over 2015. Contact nia.crouch@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

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