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Great Britain Valley munitions site, Flintshire November 2019

Grindle

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As I was being escorted off site, security kindly informed me that the place is open to the public for an annual fee!
no thanks mate
This was a WW2 site that was used for the storage and production of mustard gas It was later also used in the development of the UK's atomic bomb project. More recently, it became a bulk storage depot for emergency supplies.

Over 100 specialised buildings were constructed across the site, linked by an extensive rail network. Other major landscaping undertaken at this time included the canalisation and culverting of the river Alyn and the excavation of a complex of interlinked subterranean, rock-cut tunnels and caverns.

In the immediate Post-War period the site was used to store German nerve gas, and it was not until the 1950s when Britain relinquished its chemical weapons capability that the site as a chemical storage facility was defunct. However, the site remains on the international Chemical Weapons List, and is still monitored as such.

During the Cold War as a result of Great Britain's previous experiences of the U boat blockade and disruption to transport communications as a result of aerial bombardment the government decided to set up a system of food and raw material stockpiles to counter the threats of a nuclear war.

The site was used by various governmental departments, its major function being a buffer storage depot to supply emergency rations and foodstuffs, and associated facilities such as mobile bakeries and canteens. In 1994 the site was closed, and a programme of demolition was undertaken. This involved the dropping of buildings onto their footprints, and the rubble being mounded over with topsoil. Several major structures, and many ancillary buildings, still survive across the site.

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Dmc68

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Wish I had known you wanted to go, I'm a member and could have taken you round. but you did it anyway :D
 

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I like the look of that. The signs at the entrance to the tunnel really make me wanna go in the tunnel as well :)
 
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