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Journey Through An Underground Base & City

  • Ghost32
  • uploaded: Oct 14, 2010
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Wiltshire's Secret Underground City

Welcome to Wiltshire’s Secret Underground City… the 35 acre subterranean Cold War City that lies 100 feet beneath Corsham.
Built in the late 50s this massive city complex was designed to safely house up to 4,000 central Government personnel in the event of a nuclear strike.
In a former Bath stone quarry the city, code named Burlington, was to be the site of the main Emergency Government War Headquarters - the hub of the Country’s alternative seat of power outside London.

The Telephone Exchange

Over 60 miles of Roads
Over a kilometre in length, and boasting over 60 miles of roads, the underground site was designed not only to accommodate the than Conservative Prime Minister, Harold MacMillan, but the entire Cabinet Office, civil servants and an army of domestic support staff.
The site was so top secret that many of the civil servants, who had been allocated a desk at Burlington, had no knowledge of it.
Blast proof and completely self-sufficient the secret underground site could accommodate up to 4,000 people, in complete isolation from the outside world, for up to three months.
Although never actually used, the New York grid-style city of roads and avenues was equipped with all the facilities needed to survive. From underground hospitals, canteens, kitchens and laundries to storerooms of supplies, accommodation areas and offices.
An Underground Lake
An underground lake and treatment plant could provide all the drinking water needed whilst 12 huge tanks could store the fuel required to keep the four massive generators, in the underground power station, running for up to three months. And unlike most urban cities, above ground, the air within the complex could also be kept at a constant humidity and heated to around 20 degrees.

A ward in the hospital

The city was also equipped with the second largest telephone exchange in Britain, a BBC studio from which the PM could address the nation and an internal Lamson Tube system that could relay messages, using compressed air, throughout the complex.
For 30 years Burlington was in operation but at the end of the Cold War, in 1991, the still un-used city complex was finally taken over by the MOD and kept on standby in case of future nuclear threats to the UK.
But last December, with the underground reservoir drained, emptied of fuel and supplies and with a skeleton staff of just four, the site was finally decommissioned…

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  • Zegtelzegtel#

    Zegtelzegtel October 15, 2010 2:00:44 PM CEST

    awesome good post Ghost, is it now open for the public...?

  • Dukettt#

    Dukettt October 15, 2010 9:53:04 AM CEST

    I bet some big wigs would love to have one of those under their backyard! That would be the ultimate status symbol! "Yes i have an underground city under my house, sure is nice have one of those when the sheep revolt!

  • Rebellfoxx#

    Rebellfoxx October 15, 2010 4:01:36 AM CEST

    urrrrrrrr freaky!!!

  • Bugstomper#

    Bugstomper October 15, 2010 2:58:10 AM CEST

    Kind of strange that there will be no one to 'govern' if it ever fulfilled it's purpose!

  • W12mcee#

    W12mcee October 15, 2010 2:40:51 AM CEST

    they should use it for its original purpose and lock the government down there

  • W12mcee#

    W12mcee October 15, 2010 2:40:38 AM CEST

    they should use it for its original purpose and lock the government down there

  • Ghost32#

    Ghost32 October 15, 2010 12:28:21 AM CEST

    this videos kinda freaks me out a little, it reminds me of those first person shooter videogames where its always dark spooky tunnels lol, I know one thing if your ever inside a complex like that , be sure and have a good supply of flashlights, if the internal power went off you would never find your way out on foot in the dark.

  • Djdamm#

    Djdamm October 14, 2010 11:55:03 PM CEST

    i find this extremely interesting, i had a close relative,who worked for many years for the mod.we lived at a near by raf base..years after his retirement i would ask questions about possible underground bases.answer always the same,"don,t know what you are talking about"hes now high up with the freemasons,and i can honestly say...he has no clue to what,hes got himself and our family into!

  • Gunzenbomz#

    Gunzenbomz October 14, 2010 11:49:42 PM CEST

    Love stuff like this, much appreciated share!*Thumbs up*

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