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Little nuclear bunker offered for sale in the Scottish Borders

Although I was able to visit quite a few of the abandoned ROC (Royal Observer Corps) Nuclear Monitoring Posts left around Scotland some years ago, I didn’t manage to loop around all those in the Borders, and couldn’t recognise this one featured in a news story about it being offered for sale.

A bit of digging confirmed this, as it is the post located near Traquair.

Bought by an art and antiques dealer back in 2003, he’s gone off to the Philippines, so no longer needs the potential ‘holiday home’, and placed it on the market… for £20,000.

I’ve no idea how that relates to prices for the posts nowadays, but when I was flitting from post to post somewhere around the turn of the millennium, those who chose to speak to me hinted (they wouldn’t give the actual figure) that they had parted with somewhere between £3.5 k to £5 k.

Given I knew them, and their circumstances, that was believable, and none of them could have afforded to splash out £20 k on a whim.

When the Traquair post was sold back in 2003, it had previously been purchased by a telecoms company. Such companies had bought quite a few theses posts, not for the posts, but for the location/site, which was often in a good locations for a mobile phone mast. Such masts can now be found near quite a few of the abandoned posts.

Via Cold War nuclear bunker goes on sale in Borders

Traquir ROC Post

Traquair ROC Post © Subterranea Britannica (used with permission)


See also the site record: Traquair, Peebles.

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May 30, 2018 - Posted by | Cold War | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I’m the new owner. Happy to have people visit it after a couple of months.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Terry Glancy | Jun 13, 2018

  2. Allow me to offer thanks for the offer on behalf of anyone who may be interested, (Rest easy, they don’t let me out any more, so I won’t be knocking on the door).

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Apollo | Jun 14, 2018


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