Exploring Britain’s Secret Bunkers

April 28, 2020 3:29 pm

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After the Second World War, a new threat started to loom over the World, that was capable of causing much more damage than any had before it. As the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the West started to become increasingly hostile, many countries, including Britain began to build top secret nuclear bunkers, to try to protect some of their citizens.

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As the worry and paranoia started to increase, so did the network of bunkers built beneath Britain. Top secret documents are now available at the National Archives, outlining many of the plans for Britain if the country came under nuclear attack and also providing details of what would happen to the heads of Government and the Royal family in the event of an attack. Of course, we do not know every secret as there was some confidential waste disposal and some plans are kept firmly secret to this day.

The main place that would be home to the central Government in this event was called Turnstile. The huge bunker under Box Hill was to home hundreds of people – from GCHQ employees, to Scientists to MPs. It is not accessible to the general public, but to get an idea of what it would have been like to be in one of these bunkers you can visit one that has been restored.

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Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker is a great place to visit. Just outside Nantwich, the Bunker is situated in the countryside and would have been the regional Government Headquarters if disaster struck. The other very good place to visit is Kelvedon Hatch in Essex. Looking like an innocuous bungalow from the outside, this hides a huge secret bunker beneath.