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…

Fareham Borough Council bunker Decommissioned
General / October 7, 2017

The old emergency centre is on the Fort Fareham industrial estate, quite a lot of the old fort is still visible, as you drive on the the industrial estate the old magazine which holds the bunker is set back of the road on the left handside, the visit which took place on 28th March 2001 was organized by Keith Ward and attended by a number of Subbrit members. Behind the caravan you come to the main entrance, two large concrete and steel blast doors of the usual design, they are 8 inches thick and must over half a ton each. These two doors are usually hidden by two wooden doors.   Though I don’t have any photo’s of the next part of the bunker, there is a small ish room, (reception area) with some filtration equipment still in plac e. Just off to the right are another three magazines which were also part of the emergency centre, (a photo of this can be seen on the Subbrit web site).This picture shows the the entrance to the plant room, there were two generators in this room, and though have long gone the mounting brackets are still there, at the other end of this…

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…

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…