UPDATE: I received a couple of replies to this blog. One said that Worcester Park was in the borough of Epsom & Ewell. However, another email said Worcester Park is split between the extreme north west of the London Borough of Sutton in Greater London (east of the railway line that runs through the area) and part of the Borough of Epsom and Ewell in Surrey (west of the railway). So, it's possible the below could be correct.
A peculiar-looking area title has been noted over the years. It looks suspiciously like a Civil Defence area title but has the rather esoteric "9b. S.C." on it (see below). A few collectors have come across it but there is no definitive answer to the origin.
One recently sold on eBay (amongst a collection of other mainly CD items). I asked on Facebook about this insignia and someone was kind enough to point out that the seller was also selling some paperwork belonging to a warden from Worcester Park. Worcester park is at the very north of the county of Surrey. It would appear from this map on the IWM that Worcester Park was inside the borough of Sutton & Cheam (S.C.?).
Lastly, Sutton & Cheam are part of Group 9 of the organisation of Civil Defence in London. Additionally, it is part of the sub-group of Group 9.
Lots of supposition but possibly an answer (or complete billhooks). However, why on earth did they go for such an esoteric name in the first place?
Thanks to Nicholas Mayweather for the steer.
The usual format for Civil Defence area titles is either arched with a border or with straight edges and border. I believe the below is an area title for Woolwich that is one of a few that don't utilise the border.
Highly sought after by collectors, ARP signage always reaches good price points at auction. The below 9" x 9" example of an ARP WARDENS' POST enamel sign is up for grabs in early August in Suffolk. Estimate is £70-£90 but I think that way below what it will achieve on the day.
ARP metal bumper mascots are quite scarce (don't confuse the below with the plethora of fake plaques on the market) and command good prices when they appear. The below has an auction estimate of £100 to £150. The example shown below has the maker's mark of " Richardson Middlesbrough" to the reverse.
A poster detailing the air raid siren alerts plus use of a warden's whistle, bell and rattle, as well as church bells being rung to notify of paratroopers during the second world war.
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