Epping Forest District Council Stand By Emergency Centre
General / October 29, 2017

This Building is the Epping Forest District Council Training and Emergency Centre. The trip to the the centre was organized some time ago and a number of Subbrit members visited the bunker on 5th January 2000. The bunker is outside the perimeter of North Weald Air field, and was once part of the airfield acting as the operations room. Also in the compound which contains the emergency centre is another surface block house which was used as a de-contamination centre during the war (it now contains plant used by the airfield and some documentation storage). The block house was converted to the council’s emergency in 1986. What the council had before this I don’t know, they also have a emergency centre at their council offices in Epping town centre which has no protection.     The plant room also contains the filtration equipment which is shown in this photo, were the piping leaves the room to go to the outside there are small blast doors so that the bunker can be totally sealed. This would have meant the air inside would have just been re circulated.       Another two pictures showing the filtration equipment and some of the…

What Do You Know About the Scotland’s Secret Bunker?
General / September 4, 2017

  Scotland’s secret bunker is at Anstruther, fife, near St. Andrews. The site first started life as an RAF radar station in early World War Two, over the years it was equipped with different types of radar units, all of which have long since gone from the site.The two level underground Rotor Bunker was built in the 1950’s with the standard bungalow design style guard room. When the Rotor system became defunct the Home Office took over the bunker and it became the Scottish Northern Zone Headquarters under the RGHQ system in 1973. It stayed as a bunker (also an open secret) for quite some time before Cultybraggan was built on an army base. Anstruther opened to the public as a museum in 1994      This is a shot of the guard house at Anstruther, directly on the other side of the cottage is the bunker, about 100m’s from the house. The stairs down to the tunnel are on the left hand side of the cottage and then the tunnel slopes downward to the bunker entrance.     Another shot of the guard house also showing the main gate, there is also an emergency exist at the back of the…

Castle Point Borough Councils Emergency Centre
General / August 18, 2017

  The emergency centre at Castle Point Borough Council was the last to build in Essex along with the emergency centre at Uttlesford District Council and was finished just before the end of the Cold War. The centre is in the basement of the extension to the council offices. The centre along with the other part of the basement which is not protected was built at a cost of £500,000, 75% of which was paid for by the government.     This view shows the entrance to the bunker at the bottom of the stairs which lead down from the main reception. The door is made up of heavy steel and concrete and is 8 inches thick.     Once the main door is closed this give you a good idea of just how thick the doors is, having tried to lock one of these doors myself I can vouch for how heavy they are and how well they seal when the handles are pushed down.     Having gone through the main door you come into the decontamination area, in this room there is a shower, the water tanks for the bunker which would only be filled once the bunker was…

Reading War room on the Main Reading University campus at Whiteknights
General / July 1, 2017

On Wednesday 31st January four members of Subbrit visited the Reading War room on the Main Reading University campus at Whiteknights, those present were Keith Ward, Steve Fox and Duncan Halford (who arrange the trip). The bunker is on the South side of the Campus behind the new Agricultural building. (You can get to the bunker from the Earley Gate entrance), it is a two floored semi sunk oblong bunker on an east/west alignment which was built in 1953 along with 12 other identical ones built around the country.        These are at Newcastle, Leeds, Nottingham, Cambridge, London (5 buildings), Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Tunbridge Wells & Belfast. They were used as RSG until it realised that they would not be big enough for the purpose and so in most cases their government use life was quite short. The main entrance and the emergency exit are on the east corner of the bunker, the main entrance facing north and the emergency exit on the south side. On the main entrance there are three doors, the first is made of metal about two inches thick though not solid it does have a large metal frame. Going trough this door you turn right…

Secrets of The Bunker at Kelvedon Hatch
General / June 6, 2017

The Bunker at Kelvedon Hatch was built in 1952 and completed in August 1953 by the Air Ministry and is a R4 bunker with three floors and a traditional looking cottage which acts as an entrance. The bunker began its life as the Fighter Command Metropolitan Sector Operations Centre under the ROTOR system, this continued until the 1960’s when ROTOR became obsolete and the life of the bunker changed. For a short while it was under Civil Defence and UKWMO (United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation) then in the late 1960’s it was converted into a Regional Government Headquarters, and it stayed that way until 1994 when the bunker was decommissioned. As you enter the bunker you will first go through the Guard house, it is disguised as an ordinary cottage, except for one thing, the cottage is made out of concrete and finished off with bricks. Inside there are steel shutters on the windows and a steel cage on the right as you go in, there is also a decontamination room also on the right. After walking through the cottage you walk down a couple steps and you then come to the access tunnel, on your left is the…