The World Ware II Royal Observer Corps Post
From the Barwicker No.86 June 2007
The R.O.C. post is on the top of the mound
The base is all that remains of the observation post in Barwick-in-Elmet. (The only surviving photographs of the building are those in which the building is not the main objective of the photograph (see above).
The outline of the interior can be seen in the lines of brick in the base. Industrial bricks from Castleford were used to construct the post. The post was built on top of the Norman motte which is in the centre of the old part of the village. The motte, and its surrounding bailey and Iron Age Hillfort are a scheduled ancient monument. Under this designation the observer post is also part of the monument and protected from destruction.
The base of the post is all that remains
The post is situated to the east of Leeds and has clear views of the sky in the east. Some two miles to the south west there was a Royal Ordnance Tank Factory at Barnbow.