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  1. The fortress with a lot of murals in its bunkers is part of the second fortified belt of forts of Metz and had its baptism of fire in late 1944, when the Battle of Metz occurred. The Fortification was part of a wider program of fortifications called "Moselstellung", encompassing fortresses scattered between Thionville and Metz in the valley Moselle. The aim of Germany was to protect against a French attack to take back Alsace-Lorraine and Moselle from the German Empire. The fortification system was designed to accommodate the growing advances in artillery since the end of XIXth century. Based on new defensive concepts, such as dispersal and concealment, the fortified group was to be, in case of attack, an impassable barrier for French forces. Covering an area of 83 ha, the Fortress is constructed from 1907 to 1914. The group fortification has 2 fortified barracks and can accommodate a total of 560 men. It has 8 pieces of artillery, 6 of them 100mm and 2 of them 77mm. It has eight domes and twenty observation points and lookouts. The various items are connected by 1,700m of underground galleries. In its water tanks, it has 2,640 m3 of water. The energy required for its operation is ensured by seven diesel engines of 27 hp each. During The Annexation of Alsace-Lorraine, the fort receives a garrison of gunners belonging to the XVIth Army Corps. From 1914-1918, it served as a relay for the German soldiers at the front post. Its equipment and weapons are then at the forefront of military technology. In 1919, the fort was occupied by the French army. After the departure of French troops in June 1940, the German army reinvests the fort. In early September 1944, at the beginning of the Battle of Metz, the German command integrates the fort into the defensive system set up around Metz. In Second World War, on September 2, 1944, Metz is declared fortress Reich by Hitler. The fortress must be defended to the last by German troops. Visited with The_Raw, extreme_ironing and Maniac. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37
  2. UK Longbridge Bunker

    Certain parts of longbridge that were left look amazing from previous reports, before my time unfortunaltely but i was still determined to check out every nook and cranny around the area just in case we had missed something! Ive been up the area a handful of times over the last year and despite the ever evolving building site and quite a few failed attempts eventually Lucan and I were able to have a look at the last few bits. Not much information about this place, This used to be part of the body shop areas for a Factory. The shelter is unique about 400ft long, it was constructed out of brick and reinforced concrete; using a cut and cover method with a possibility of mining. It has possibly been used for storage since the war. Sadly the Body shop itself has been demolish over a decade ago… this is all that left. I thought the way it was built is really curious, looking at aerial photos from the time the rest of the shadow factory was constructed it appears to have been built after westworks factory was already there. Hopefully ill turn up some more info. thanks for looking
  3. History Malabar Battery, also known as Boora Point Battery, was constructed at Malabar Head in 1943, during WWII. The battery comprised part of the coastal defence positioned at Bare Island Fort, Henry Battery and Banks Battery; it was built as an aggregate to reinforce the existing structures in place. Early in 1942, after the fall of Singapore, the Australian government feared a Japanese invasion and since the country lacked defences they sought help from the United States. In reality, Japan never planned an invasion as it was deemed unfeasible to try and carry out a takeover; their only significant action against Australia involved advancing through the South Pacific, in an attempt to isolate Australia by slowing the advance of allied forces. At Malabar Battery, two six inch Mark XII gun emplacements were installed. In addition to the guns, an underground counter bombardment facility was constructed, adding to the overall firepower of the defensive structure. This was fitted with ‘gun crew ready rooms’, an ammunition supply/store area and an engine room. A single track tramway was also fitted, traversing from the ammunition drop off point to the ammunition supplies in the basement, and finally to the two gun emplacements themselves. Further sections to the battery included northern and southern searchlight blockhouses, and a barracks and toilet block for the facility. After the war, like most of the other lookouts and defences across Australia, Malabar Battery was decommissioned and the guns were removed. Since then the site has remained abandoned and an alluring target for Australia’s graffiti ‘artists’. Our Version of Events Next on our list of sites to see: the legendary Malabar Battery. Originally, we had intended to meet up with another explorer who’s located in Sydney and he had wanted to take us out to this location, but, due to unfortunate timings, he was busy. Nevertheless, we took it upon ourselves to get on a train, then a bus, and then a second one, all the way down to Malabar. By all accounts, the area looks particularly picturesque when looking at photographs of the coastline, but heed our warning – looks can be deceiving! Only when we were happily on our way, on the first bus, did we noticed that a couple of our fellow travellers were wearing ankle tags. As various normal-looking people got off, more and more dodgy looking characters got on. The bus suddenly began to feel like a prison transfer, rather than a public service. At the point where we had to change buses, we noticed a group of security guards gathered at the bus stop; their job it seemed was to hop on the buses as they drove into Maroubra and Malabar. Once again we found ourselves in ghetto territory. In the beginning, judging by the names, we were expecting to find small Spanish-looking towns: how wrong our first impressions were. We hopped off the bus in the middle of a housing estate somewhere, after I saw a bay out of the window that looked strangely familiar. Indeed, we’d managed to drive to the opposite side of the bay so had to walk back towards our desired location. This didn’t matter so much as we were able to enjoy some of Malabar’s fantastic coastline. It took less time than we’d imagined to cross the bay, and before we knew it we were standing outside the nearby water treatment plant. Since it’s inconveniently in the way, blocking access to the wilderness behind it – where the batteries are located – we were forced to traverse the cliffside. We made slow progress up the rocks, but eventually we caught sight of the buildings we’d been looking for. Careful to avoid snake and other beasties, we wandered into narrow sandy tracks within the bushes. They continued on for quite some time and, since the bushes were high, we weren’t able to see where we were going. Continuing on, using pure instinct (luck), we eventually stumbled upon the crumbling remains of the former battery. The intense glow of the graffiti must have guided us there. With daylight fading quickly we decided to cover the site as quickly as possible, hence why I didn’t manage to get any photographs of the spotlight nests. It didn’t really matter though since there was plenty more to see. At first it seemed that all of the entrances had been sealed, as we’d been warned by others, but after some searching in the bushes we soon discovered what we were looking for: a great big dirty way inside. And that was that really, once inside it felt a little bit like the film, Outpost, with its long concrete tunnels and various chambers. Fortunately, there didn’t appear to be any murderous Nazi ghouls or experiments inside this bunker, so we made it back out again just as the sun had fully set. Only at that point, though, did we realise that we had to wander back through the bush to get out again… Explored with Ford Mayhem. 1: Some Australian Wilderness 2: One of the Spotlight Nests in the Distance 3: Inside the Bunker attached to the Observation Post 4: Former Trenched Walkway and Barracks 5: Former Tramway 6: Main Observation Post 7: Inside the Underground Bunker 8: Stairs (up) to one of the Gun Emplacements 9: Doorway to a Former Ammunition Store 10: Ammunition Storeroom 11: Heading Towards the Second Tunnel 12: Fallen Ventilation Shaft 13: More Underground Tunnel 14: Underground Rooms in the Bunker 15: Old Ventilation Duct 16: Large Underground Corridor 17: Following the Former Tramlines 18: End of the Line (Flooded Second Ammo Store Downstairs) 19: Gun Emplacement Outside 20: Huntsman Spider Merry Christmas Everyone!
  4. Visited with The_Raw, skeleton key, extreme_ironing and MiaroDigital in the last night of our UK-Tour. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  5. Bawdsey was an RAF station situated on the eastern coast in Suffolk, England. Also known as Bawdsey Research Station (BRS), the first Chain Home radar station was built there, characterized by eight tall masts, four for transmitting and four for receiving. When the research group moved to Dundee in September 1939, the radar station was left active under the name RAF Bawdsey. The site later hosted a Bristol Bloodhound surface-to-air missile station until 1990. (acquired by sentinel) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
  6. Hitler's Bunker - Wolfsschlucht II 2014 Place visited in 2014, a kind of abandoned fake village where every house is a bunker, kind of Bunkerland. Planed to diserve the invasion of Britain ( that did not happen ), this site has been used only once by the mustache guy to order the destruction of Paris ( that didn't happened too ).
  7. The bunker is located in the dunes of ÃŽle de Noirmoutier , an island in france.
  8. A very big and very nice abandoned Bunker in the UK! 1. Operator Bunker 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. Operator Bunker 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. Operator Bunker 03 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. Operator Bunker 04 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. Operator Bunker 05 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 6. Operator Bunker 06 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 7. Operator Bunker 07 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 8. Operator Bunker 08 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 9. Operator Bunker 09 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 10. Operator Bunker 10 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 11. Operator Bunker 11 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 12. Operator Bunker 12 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 13. Operator Bunker 13 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 14. Operator Bunker 14 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 15. Operator Bunker 15 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 16. Operator Bunker 16 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
  9. 1. 1ster Mai Bunker 01 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 2. 1ster Mai Bunker 02 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 3. 1ster Mai Bunker 03 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 4. 1ster Mai Bunker 04 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 5. 1ster Mai Bunker 05 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 6. 1ster Mai Bunker 06 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 7. 1ster Mai Bunker 07 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 8. 1ster Mai Bunker 08 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 9. 1ster Mai Bunker 09 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 10. 1ster Mai Bunker 10 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 11. 1ster Mai Bunker 11 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 12. 1ster Mai Bunker 12 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 13. 1ster Mai Bunker 13 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 14. 1ster Mai Bunker 14 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr
  10. It was a fantastic time travel at the last weekend... found a abandoned Bunker from the first World war since 1915! The Titel is original of a spell on a wall (Pic. 2 & 3) 1. Blühe deutsches Vaterland by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 2. Gott strafe England 1 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 3. Gott strafe England 2 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 4. Gott strafe England 3 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 5. Gott strafe England 4 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 6. Gott strafe England 5 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 7. Gott strafe England 6 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 8. Gott strafe England 7 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 9. Gott strafe England 8 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 10. Gott strafe England 9 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 11. Gott strafe England 10 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 12. Gott strafe England 11 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 13. Gott strafe England 12 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 14. Gott strafe England 13 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 15. Gott strafe England 14 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 16. Gott strafe England 15 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 17. Gott strafe England 16 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 18. Gott strafe England 17 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 19. Gott strafe England18 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 20. DSC_5894_5_6_7_8_tonemapped by MiaroDigital, on Flickr
  11. Built in 1934, 1940 attacked by German forces, abandoned since the 1970s. I've visited it together with The_Raw, extreme_ironing and Miaro Digital. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  12. This bunker was built in 1934. It consists of three combat blocks, each linked by an underground gallery system containing barracks spaces, ammunition storage and utility services. The galleries are excavated at an average depth of up to 30 metres (98 ft). In 1940 it was attacked by German forces during the Battle of France and was forced to surrender after a heavy artillery bombardment. It was re-equipped after the war, but was abandoned in the 1970s. I visited with Extreme_ironing, Monkey, Miaro, Andy & Cristina. We tried a couple of others in the area first, one was sealed, the other was no deeper than ground level and empty. As soon as we got inside this one and saw there was a lift going down we were immediately excited. It turned out to be huge underneath with little bits of everything left behind and very little vandalism, an amazing example of it's kind and an absolute pleasure to explore. I have to say a massive thank you to our German friends for making this happen, it was just one part of a fantastic trip over there! One room had several of these old pin ups on the walls The tunnels either side led to the other blocks with their own fort at the top of some stairs Two of the gun emplacements Thanks for looking
  13. This shooting range was erected in 1817 and 1870/71 extended by french prisoners of war. In 1930 it was taken by the Prussian federal police. From 1945 to 1958 the area was used as ammo-storage by the french occupying force. 1958 followed the partial demolition for the "Hunsrück-Höhen-Park". IMG_0001 IMG_0019 Stairway to heaven... IMG_0011 Camera Shadow IMG_0025
  14. 1. MückenBunker 01 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 2. MückenBunker 02 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 3. MückenBunker 03 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 4. MückenBunker 04 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 5. MückenBunker 05 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 6. MückenBunker 06 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 7. MückenBunker 07 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 8. MückenBunker 08 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr
  15. Photos from last weekend. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  16. Visit Visited this place with a non-member, was great to have some fresh air and the lack of that appealing aroma of pigeon crap which has accompanied me on most of my recent trips, This was the first explore with a non-member (Thanks for the invite) and a nice relaxing explores with some good laughs and a strange encounter with a guy (nice fella) who is trekking the whole coast 6.600 miles for charity :Not Worthy, he didn't expect anyone to be down there, but after a half an hour chat and a couple of laughs and left him to his explore. History RAF Bawdsey was an RAF station situated on the eastern coast in Suffolk, England. Also known as Bawdsey Research Station (BRS), the first Chain Home radar station was built there, characterized by eight tall masts, four for transmitting and four for receiving. When the research group moved to Dundee in September 1939, the radar station was left active under the name RAF Bawdsey. The site later hosted a Bristol Bloodhound surface-to-air missile station until 1990.
  17. The Visit I visited with Sentinel who had an excellent knowledge of this site having been a few times already. I wasn't expecting much but was actually pretty blown away, it was my first time exploring such a place and I think I may have developed a bug for seeking out many more. The original communications switchboard is still down there as well as various other bits and the bunker is split into various different sections. The recently landscaped area around the original cobbled entrances adds a fascinating insight into what the place once looked like from outside. There are sets of triangular stone blocks called 'dragon's teeth' once used to deter tanks from approaching the bunker placed strategically around the site to remind you this was wartime. We explored all the woodland surrounding the bunker convinced that there might be more stuff hidden out there and a couple of hundred metres away we found a room built into the hillside which looked like it may have been a small chapel perhaps. It now has inverted crosses and pentagrams inside so it looks like the devil worshippers have been having a hoedown in there recently, I'd love to know what it is if anyone knows. Anyway onto the history of the place which is probably more interesting than anywhere I've reported on before. I may have stolen Ojay's idea of nicking a few historical shots from t'interweb to show what it used to look like so cheers for that, definitely makes for a more interesting report as far as I'm concerned. The History When the Southern Railway took over Deepdene House (also known as the Deepdene Hotel) for its wartime Headquarters it discovered that there were natural caves in the grounds. These caves had been acknowledged 300 years before in the diaries of John Evelyn. Because of the natural protection afforded by the location of the caves they were eminently suitable for the development of a bunker to house both the sites switchboard and the Traffic Control. The lawn between the caves and the house was used as a site for the 99foot mast supporting aerials of the emergency radio. The bunker was constructed within the caves which were enlarged to house the 30 staff and once complete their emergency headquarters with office staff was moved there from Waterloo. Deepdene House The network of tunnels included a Control Room, meeting room, 3-position switchboard, battery room, main distribution frame (MDF)/maintainers room, a bedroom for the night officer and an air plant and toilet facilities. A 60-foot vertical shaft at the rear of the complex provided an air inlet and emergency exit. A 4 foot thick concrete slab covered the complex but no protection was provided against a ‘near miss’. The Southern Railway General Manager Eustace Missenden lived nearby and had a switchboard extension in his house. During the air raids he spent many nights there with his wife and it is reputed that the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill was a visitor. The bunker consisted of a series of tunnels partly natural driven into the steep hillside to the rear of the former hotel. There were three entrances plus a fourth emergency exit accessed from the hillside 50 feet above via a spiral staircase. Even after the war the exchange remained in use and one visitor in the 1960's remembers three operators and he noticed one of the side tunnels still contained bunk beds. Night Officer's Room British Railways left Deepdene in the mid 1960's and the house was demolished in 1969 with a modern office block being built on the site; this is now the Headquarters of Kuoni Travel. For many years the tunnels lay forgotten in the bushes to the rear of the office block but in 1997 local children started a small fire just inside one of the entrance tunnels and when the fire brigade came to extinguish the it they found the whole network was heavily contaminated with asbestos, so much so that they had to dispose of all their clothes after the incident. As a result of this information, Kuoni commissioned a survey of the tunnels by Redhill Analysts who confirmed that most of the complex and two of the small surface buildings were heavily contaminated with both white asbestos (Chrysotile) and blue asbestos (Crocidolite). Shortly afterwards all four entrances, and the contaminated surface buildings were sealed. In June 1999 Subterranea Britannica approached Kuoni for permission to break into the tunnels to carry out a photographic survey and although English Heritage had previously been turned down permission was granted on the understanding that the entrance was repaired the same day and those people entering the tunnels signed a relevant disclaimer. The bunker has since been left behind and will likely remain under the ground for years to come. The Pics: The original entrances Not for the faint-hearted this staircase.... Before and after shots The original traffic control switchboard I'm not a fan of eight legged freaks and there are many on the way down that sketchy staircase.... Emergency exit The dragon's teeth The room built into the hillside with signs of devil worship inside.... More dragon's teeth and probably my favourite shot from the day.... More shots can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/74870643@N02/sets/72157644074503713/ Hope you enjoyed looking, I really enjoyed putting this one together so thanks for checking it out
  18. Headed up to Deepdene Bunker with The_Raw for company, Little interesting getting in, and the spiral staircase is a death trap, but persevered and after some delicate movements we were at the bottom, Nice little mooch around
  19. Having seen the report go up from The Wickerman of his and Obscuritys mission to get into this place I thought it was about time i got myself down for a look myself.We had checked it out not long after the event and decided it was more than a little sketchy access wise so backed out ! Fast forward a few months and i was back and managed to get myself in and out without injury Big shout to Obs and The Wickerman for the determination and perseverance in cracking this place it certainly isn't a walk in kinda explore.. History stolen from the same place as The wickerman got his no doubt On with a few fisheyed to fuck pics as there is only so many you can get from this place ,it's a ruin of a place but still nice in itself.. Thanks for looking!
  20. RAF 'Santas Grotto' is a closed RAF base in the UK. In the past it has had various military uses, and still to this day hosts firearms training and has living quarters in military use. Why Santas Grotto? Well when we managed to get in we were like kids at Christmas! This site is large, untouched, and unreported. There's no way that even a photo intensive report such as this can cover it all, so I will be adding on my website further galleries at a later time showing the individual areas such as the hangars, the kitchens, the bunker bar, accommodation, shooting range, dental clinic, the cells, the list goes on. So far I have spent 13 and a half hours lurking around over two visits, the first with Kiefe Tripod-Holeologist, and the second with Kiefe and Dwrbecx. A third trip is planned to fill in the blanks. Batteries were dying everywhere so the camera phone came into use on the photos of the Cells and Watertower. I'll get these re-shot properly in the future. Hope you enjoy, and please don't ask where it is 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 The report should have had 35 photos but the forum is limited to 30, you can find the rest here: http://www.zerourbex.co.uk/2013/12/raf-santas-grotto/ Thanks for looking, remember to keep an eye out for the future extra galleries, you can get updates on these from http://www.facebook.com/zerourbex
  21. After a rather splendid weekend exploring across the pond, to say I had itchy feet would be an understatement, so after a nod from Ant, off we went to explore one of my favourite things........ a cold war ROTOR bunker, that we all know, never existed, right :-) I have externals of the site from previous visits but have just posted internal pictures of the R3 ROTOR, until now, it has scorned my approaches ;-) The following stolen from English heritage The site of Bawdsey radar station built in the early 1950s as part of the Rotor programme to modernise the United Kingdom's radar defences. This was a replacement station for the Chain Home station at Bawdsey, located to the south of this site. The Rotor station was fitted with a Type 7 Mark 3 radar head for local search and control, two Type 14 (Mark 8 and Mark 9) plan positioning radar heads, four Type 13 Mark 6 and two Type 13 Mark 7 height finder radar heads, and three Type 54 Mark 3 radar heads for search and control with no IFF (Identification Friend or Foe). The radar heads were mounted on plinths and 25 feet gantries, apart from the Type 54 arrays that were mounted on 200 feet towers. The site was equipped with a guardhouse designed to resemble a bungalow, which gave access to a two-storey, underground R3 operations block. The R3 bunker was completed in 1954. Newly developed Type 80 radar and its associated modulator building was installed in 1958, with two AN/FPS 6 height finding radars. By 1963 Bawdsey had become a Master Radar Station, but in June 1964 it switched to operating as a satellite station to RAF Neatishead. It resumed Master Radar Station status in 1966 until 1974, after a fire damaged Neatishead's control centre. Bawdsey closed in 1975 and in 1977 features of the Rotor station were demolished, including plinths, towers and the Type 80 modulator building. In 1979 Bawdsey reopened as a Bloodhound Mk2 surface to air (SAM) missile site. The guardhouse also remains in derelict condition, and is still attached to the R3 bunker via an access tunnel. The R3 bunker is disused and has been sealed shut. And a subbrit linky http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/bawdsey/ Just one word of warning, this place had the most horrendous red bellied spiders I have ever seen and they really cant be avoided if your desperate to see here. One last thing, these are straight fresh from the old canon, after all, you cant polish a turd. This was fun, site has loads of these fluorescent signs all over, so it was fun to turn all the light sources off and watch them all down the corridors in pitch black, and it was, pitch black. I thought it about time I should share something on this rather nice and friendly forum :-)
  22. Visited with Subbrit, I haven't got a history at the moment! This place is trashed, a fire at some point has covered everything with a thick black lining of soot. Combine that with a lot of people being crammed into a small space, it took some time to get clear photographs. Portland02 by Sectionate, on Flickr Portland03 by Sectionate, on Flickr Portland01 by Sectionate, on Flickr Portland04 by Sectionate, on Flickr Portland07 by Sectionate, on Flickr Portland05 by Sectionate, on Flickr Portland06 by Sectionate, on Flickr
  23. Yep sorry to bore you all but heres another set of photos of the lovely bunker, this one was totally out of the blue and was a surprise till i go there , after meeting up with Mr key and SN and point out how close the Bacon shop was to the building, i knew this was going to be great splore ! see SN's thread for site history http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/showthread.php/5054-Hertford-SRHQ-4-2-Government-Bunker-(-May-2013-) After doing some climbing and descending into the darkness, we had a look around.. well the guys had already done it but was very very interesting ! First HDR Test that i really like The old Genny was a beaut ! No one wanted to lick and see if the batteries where still live ;] Now like SN its dial time and a few more close up's of the machinery some interesting art work was left laying around.. almost like a prison... sadly we couldnt order a pizza, the phones where out ! And finally a shot of SN an experimental shot and a mobile shot ;] Explore complete we disappeared into the night...
  24. My first report in a very long time here, so I thought I would begin with my best ever explore. I hope you enjoy it. Visited with a group people I met over the internet, who aren't on any forums. A bit of history about the site: Purpose: The British government's alternative seat of power in the event of a nuclear strike on the UK. Conceived: 1956 Completed: 1961 Decommissioned: 1991 Declassified: 2004 Districts: 22 Depth: 60-100 feet below ground. Dimensions: 1km long and 200 meters across. Area: 35 acres. Transport: A fleet of battery powered buggies navigated 10 miles of tunnel. Inhabitants: 4000 government ministers and civil servants including the Prime Minister, Cabinet Office, local and national government agencies, intelligence and security advisors and domestic support staff. Facilities: Infirmary, bakery, laundry, two large kitchens and serving areas, telephone exchange, store rooms, office space, living accommodation, maintenance areas and workshops and an area for the storage and charging of the bunker's electric buggies.
  25. Coulsdon Bunker May 2012

    Coulsdon Bunker, AKA Surrey Deep Shelter IV Is a large underground set of 3 parallel tunnels with interconnecting passageways dug into the chalky ground at the foot of the former Cane Hill Hospital (my favourite explore to date). I hadn't been into the bunker since 2008 so when I heard from Tommo that he and a big group were going and would I like to come along, I was straight out onto the motorway to meet up with them! The bunker was used for many different things after its construction as an air raid shelter, it was taken over by a company which manufactured lenses and mirrors for telescopes, and finally ended up as a garage or automotive workshop of some sort - which explains the odd mix of artifacts which are down there. Excuse poor image quality. Mr. B
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