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ARP Incident Control Box

Mr Colin Hepplestone
1939 - 1945

The ‘Incident Control Box’ is a box fitted with a punched grid and peg system which allowed ARP wardens to monitor people, appliances and casualties during the air raids on Britain in the Second World War.  

The box was conceived and handcrafted by the head warden of Cheadle ARP, Mr Colin Hepplestone, and his colleagues. 

The box allowed Cheadle Ward ARP to successfully monitor and maintain incidents during the air raid attacks on Britain in the 1940s.

It is a truly unique object, built out of British courage, strength and determination. Originally made to keep the people of Cheadle safe, it now serves as a stark reminder of what the people of Greater Manchester went through during the Second World War.