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Longbridge Tunnels - Birmingham -Nov - 2015

Lenston

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Visited with Wellingtonian.

Done a good few times before but a good mooch for an hour or 2.

Some History

The ‘Shadow Factory Tunnels’ are the remnants of Lord Austin’s secret plans that were hatched to bolster British military might in the face of German military aggression in the arms race that led up to the start of the Second World War.

This was where munitions workers produced the Merlin engines that powered the Spitfires and Hawker Hurricanes used to regain control of the British skies during the Battle of Britain in 1940.

The Shadow Scheme involved two parts - building nine new factories and extending existing factories - including the Longbridge plant.

Australian-born industrialist and Conservative MP, Lord Austin - also the founder of Austin Motors - had already contributed to the war effort in the First World War, turning his factories to munitions and engine production.

After the war, the factory returned to producing automobiles and the tunnels were abandoned.

By the late 1960s, the Longbridge plant was the second largest car plant in the world.

But since the collapse of MG Rover, part of the site was redeveloped for housing and commercial purposes

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Thanks for looking


 

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Great shots! Especially the one with the long hallways and the depths.

I see a friendly face in pic 1 :)

 

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Nice one Lenston, good set of photos. I really must see these before they go, been in my mind for years now.

 

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Best to get there sooner rather than later Maniac. Both are on live building sites and we reckon they're gonna be backfilled and sealed fairly soon.

 

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Best to get there sooner rather than later Maniac. Both are on live building sites and we reckon they're gonna be backfilled and sealed fairly soon.
Yeah if I can find someone to go with then I might try and knock it off the list very soon.

 

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Pics are outstanding Lenston, and Maniac I'm well up for seeing these mate, let's organise it!

 
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Banging set mate! Very nicely done, Been Well keen for these tunnels, since I first signed up on 28, got so much "normal" shit on at the minute even finding a few hours for an explore is a nightmare, definitely need to get my ass in gear (y)

 

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Top stuff mate (y)

Always wanted to do these but thought they"d been long buried....what a dilemma lol

 
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