This page is part of a site tour of the Coleshill estate during WW2. Click here to start the tour.
|Please Note: The Coleshill House site and grounds are
owned by the National Trust. The woods and grounds of the house are all strictly private and
access is limited to set days a year. See our events page for their
official open days. Attempting to access the site outside of these times is not only trespassing
but could damage the future of our work and relationship with the Trust and villagers.
Please respect this.
Observation Post Overlooking Faringdon
In March 2011, Bill Ashby and Tom Sykes went to view the Observation Post that was used to train members
of the Auxiliary Units at Coleshill. It is located in the Cuckoo Pen Plantation.
The OP was about the size of a telephone box but underground. There was a wooden seat and self closing
hatch (See Below). It was located at the base of a large tree. It would have been used to observe the road from
Faringdon to Coleshill, and the surrounding landscape. We suspect that there would have been a phone line
connecting the OP with the nearby Operational Base. The OP was dug out
about 20 years ago by members of RMARG.
Part of the view from the OP.
The edge of the hole.
Photo showing it dug out.
Two images of the lid to the OP. It was opened and closed with a long pole.