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Pssst! Wanna buy a secret tunnel complex under London?

 
 
Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 02:02 am
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Saturday, 18 October 2008

While most huddled in the Underground, the elite found more luxurious protection from the bombs in secret tunnels deep below central London " which are now for sale.

There are pensioners living in London who can recall long, uncomfortable nights during the Blitz, huddling in the Underground as bombs rained down their homes. With thousands crammed together in confined spaces, you could meet all sorts of people but you never saw a spook from the Interservices Research Bureau, a branch of MI6, or from other government agencies such as the Port of London Authority or the Ministry of Works engineering unit. They had somewhere better to hide.

There was a secret lift behind an unmarked door near 33 High Holborn, where the Daily Mirror used to have its head office. Even Fleet Street's finest did not know who used it, or where it led. In fact, it took selected officials to the safety of two secret tunnels, deep below London, with a total length of about half a mile. They were so far below ground that, as I walked along them yesterday, I could hear Tube trains rumbling along the Central Line way above. These tunnels, which became even more important in the Cold War than they were during the Blitz, stayed on the "secret list" until three years ago. Officially, they did not exist or, if they did exist, they were not located under High Holborn but somewhere else. In the archives, you might find a reference to "tunnels 2147". To those who were allowed to know, such as the 200 or so security-vetted staff employed in them, they were the Kingsway Tunnels " a deliberately misleading name, because Kingsway is hundreds of yards away.

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Source (for above and folowing four photos): Independent


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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 02:02 am
@Walter Hinteler,
http://i37.tinypic.com/1yn8li.jpg

http://i37.tinypic.com/eirzbm.jpg


Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 02:02 am
@Walter Hinteler,
http://i34.tinypic.com/sgn49h.jpg

http://i36.tinypic.com/23ur694.jpg
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 03:28 am
RHIP
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 03:32 am
@roger,
Hmm, certainly not BAH.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 05:42 am
Is there a map?
Ill give 50 bucks.
hamburger
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 06:09 am
@farmerman,
if you decide to visit canada , you might want to visit the "diefenbunker" outside ottawa .
it was built during the cold war and some years ago bought privately . it has now become a somewhat notorious museum novelty .
it's only about 1 1/2 hours from here , but i haven't visited it - i've spent too many hours in various bunkers from simple earth structures to the infamous "flak-bunkers" that had the anti-aircraft guns sitting on top - during the war years ; i'd rather walk around our garden even though the frost hasn't left many flowers .
hbg

http://www.diefenbunker.ca/

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_75T0bZQJX18/R6fGQ3m3SHI/AAAAAAAAAhM/n85ueSBIO9U/Cubs_Diefenbunker+062+(Large).jpg



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Welcome To Diefenbunker, Canada's Cold War Museum

Built to protect the government from nuclear attack, this once-secret bunker is now a museum and National Historic Site of Canada.

In addition to preserving and promoting Canada's Cold War history, we offer a variety of visitor programs and services. This year is our 10th anniversary " a perfect chance to visit us and relive the experience of the Cold War!


http://www.ottawakiosk.com/roadmap.gif

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Joeblow
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 06:27 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Have you seen any of the "Cities of the Underworld" or "Lost Worlds" series on the History Channel?

All kinds of stuff like this, and more.

Really interesting.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 06:52 am
@Joeblow,
I haven't seen that but I can imagine that many rich had had luxury bunker systems during the war(s).


Actually, London has - besides those war-time historic sites - a "rich" underworld later, too: [url0http://www.subbrit.org.uk/]Subterranea Britannica[/url] gives a lot of information about the period during the Cold War.
Reyn
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 07:59 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Neato! Thanks for interesting post.
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ancient punk
 
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Reply Sun 19 Oct, 2008 04:49 am
@Walter Hinteler,
I seem to remember that Stockport near Manchester has an extensive underground system built below the Town Hall.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 19 Oct, 2008 05:41 am
@ancient punk,
ancient punk wrote:

I seem to remember that Stockport near Manchester has an extensive underground system built below the Town Hall.


Right - the http://www.airraidshelters.org.uk/][b]Stockport Air Raid Shelters[/b], one of the few ARP tunnel-systems built specifically for civilians in Britain.

(But the price of the ticket to enter isn't so high that you think you bought it Wink )
ancient punk
 
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Reply Sat 25 Oct, 2008 05:09 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Thanks for that. I didn't know that you couldvisit I thought it was all still closed off. I'll have to go and have a look.
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