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Maidstone - 1 Group ROC HQ - (Kent Group) - Jan 11
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    Default Maidstone - 1 Group ROC HQ - (Kent Group) - Jan 11

    57 London Road was originally in civilian occupation and named `Fairlawns'. The property was requisitioned in 1939 as a new headquarters for No.1 Group of the Royal Observer Corps, who had previously been stationed in rooms above Maidstone Post Office. An operations room was built in the house using the ground floor and basement. Fairlawns was in use throughout the war until stand down. In the 1950s Fairlawns was relegated to being a training centre for the group control at Beckenham (19 Group). In 1961 a new semi-sunk control was built to the rear of Fairlawns with administration located in the house. Beckenham was then relegated to being training centre for 1 Group at Maidstone

    Information found here: http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/...one/index.html

    The post itself looks in good condition (besides the peeling paint)









    The bits and pieces around it:










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    Default Re: Maidstone - 1 Group ROC HQ - (Kent Group) - Jan 11

    Did you not knock on the building next to it? Its either a vets or a solicitors, and they let you have a look around.

    It would make a great restoration project!

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    Default Re: Maidstone - 1 Group ROC HQ - (Kent Group) - Jan 11

    was there on a sunday so no one about and i was covered in mu :L but might do that soon its a solicitors i think

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    Default Re: Maidstone - 1 Group ROC HQ - (Kent Group) - Jan 11

    Yeah i would, itll be fascinating inside!

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    Default Re: Maidstone - 1 Group ROC HQ - (Kent Group) - Jan 11

    they have looked after it well apparently, it was used for storage by them i think. Its a nice example.
    Saviour of the sporran

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    Default Re: Maidstone - 1 Group ROC HQ - (Kent Group) - Jan 11

    Get back and get in there, it looks good from other pics i've seen. I still need to see inside a group control, think a trip to York is on the cards this year.

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    Default Re: Maidstone - 1 Group ROC HQ - (Kent Group) - Jan 11

    Well two of us have an appointment to look inside this saturday!

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    Default Re: Maidstone - 1 Group ROC HQ - (Kent Group) - Jan 11

    great i look forward to seeing your pics!

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    Default Re: Maidstone - 1 Group ROC HQ - (Kent Group) - Jan 11

    Look forward to seeing inside

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