Project Greek Island, the secret bunker that was never used
In the late 1950s, the United States government approached The Greenbrier Hotel and sought its assistance in creating a secret emergency relocation center to house Congress in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust. The classified, underground facility was built at the same time as the West Virginia Wing, an above-ground addition to the hotel, from 1959 to 1962.
For 30 years, The Greenbrier owners maintained an agreement with the federal government that, in the event of an international crisis, the entire resort property would be conveyed to government use, specifically as the emergency location for the legislative branch.
The facility was decommissioned in 1992 after the program was exposed in a U.S. newspaper article.
Located in Stockholm, the ISP Bahnhof gained notoriety when it hosted wikileaks’ sensitive materials. Built into the Pionen mountains, the center took two years to retrofit the caves with enough space for their server racks and backup generators. In total, it is roughly 1,200 square meters (12,900 square feet) and will hold the future of blogging after the apocalypse.
Near Nottingham is the Cotgrave Royal Observer corps Nuclear observation bunker. It’s in a wood across a few fields and quite over grown. It’s open and burnt out long ago. Nothing is left inside but an old bedstead. Whilst the field surrounding were fill of growth someone had been there recently as you could see where they had walked. These old bunkers attract a lot of attention now - pre internet few knew of them at all. *Need to know* seems to sum it up.
This Nuclear Bunker is at Pattingham , nr Wolverhampton. Having been abandoned about 1991 most of these are sealed, often with all the equipment inside. This one surprisingly was open, so taking my life in my hands I decided to venture down the shaft.
Down a deep narrow shaft , pitch dark and smelling damp I descended. Now this post was abandoned about 1991, they just left it as it was. The notice board in there still has the various things they had to measure like Blast and nuclear fall out. This is chilling, the place was tiny , more a tomb than a place of safety. The hatches and pipes above ground have hatches and opening here in the bunker for equipment that was used, they can be seen in the roof and walls. The hand pump and piping is at the base of the shaft to pump away water that could collect in a gully at the bottom of the stairs. It still moved.
There were still 70's style plastic chairs and papers strewn about, all the pictures only came out because of the flash on the camera, I had no torch. I used the flash to see what was there, only really finding out when I got home. This bunker was probably intact until quite recently, the graffiti was newish and the drinks can very new.
I took these some while ago and went back here with my wife and a torch so she could look , but in the few weeks since I was there the hatch has been filled with wood and junk from the falling down shed nearby - it’s too far from anywhere to be vandals , I reckon it may have been the farmer to stop people going down and getting trapped or somesuch. A shame as we had looked forward to it .
Never mind - just being there was OK , earlier we’d been to one in Rugeley. We decided that when we went to Leeds the following day we’d look for some there.
In early May I visited Shepshed Royal Observer Corps Nuclear bunker, but forgot to post the pictures. Like many of these hidden bunkers it’s now overgrown, it’s located in bushes on the side of the road. In early May the brambles that grow all round hadn’t sprouted, now it will be unapproachable without a strimmer!
Surprisingly in good condition outside with good paint I was delighted to find the hatch unlocked, but on opening a smooth layer of concrete was revealed, it’s been plugged. This is common, but I doubt the concrete fills the whole bunker. They possibly made a wooden block then put the concrete in.
These Nuclear Bunkers were manned by the Royal Observer Corps in the cold war and they were only decommissioned in the early 90’s. I have visited many locally and some further afield, here are some links to the others I have seen.
This one I went to was open - sadly a month later it was blocked up:-
If you’d ever looked closely enough at the shrubbery around Talbot Road you may just have uncovered an emergency entrance to Trafford Town Hall’s cold war bunker.
The entrance, pictured above, led to a series of rooms and passageways with concrete walls and steel doors but is now just an open space devoid of any fixtures or fittings and, at the time of our visit, flooded.
In November 1980, Manchester City council declared the city a nuclear free zone, and when this bunker was proposed a few years later, despite Trafford itself not being part of the zone, the anti-war feeling amongst the community led to opposition from the residents of Trafford borough.
At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, England, like the rest of the world, was terrified of the possibility of a Soviet nuclear apocalypse. The British Government in the early 1950s began to develop an elaborate air defense radar system called ROTO to protect against a Soviet attack. It was eventually replaced by the more modern Linesman/Mediator system.
But the program didn’t just develop a complex air defense radar system—in 1952 it built a secret bunker at Kelvedon Hatch, in the Borough of Brentwood in the English county of Essex for local government officials. Now, nearly 25 years since the end of the Cold War, the secret bunker is not so much a secret anymore and a popular, albeit creepy, tourist attraction.
The Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, in the Borough of Brentwood in the English county of Essex, is accessible through an underground entrance inside an ordinary looking small bungalow.
The bunker has three floors, two more floors that the ‘hill’ covers, and a radio mast.
The tunnel leading to the bunker is 100 yards long and goes to R4, the bottom third floor.
The bunker was built to accommodate hundreds of government personnel and had enough supplies to last three months. The bunker had its own water supply, power generators, radio equipment, protected telecommunications, teleprinter networks, military systems, and air conditioning and heating.
Right after the Cold War ended in 1992, the bunker was no longer needed and the property was sold privately at a closed auction.
It was then renovated into a museum and creepy tourist attraction. Rope Runners, an adventure and zip lining group, also operates on the grounds.
Signs are posted throughout the area directing tourists to the not-so-secret, secret bunker.
Today, horrifying mannequins take the place of government officials hiding out from the Soviet nuclear apocalypse.
When not filled with tourists, the bunker is used as a filming location. An episode of the British reality TV series “The Murder Game” was filmed there, as well as an episode of “New Tricks,” a British comedy television show on BBC.
Some photos from our trip to a disused government nuclear bunker. The vast interior has been kept largely intact since it was decommissioned and is now filled with sorry mannequins enacting life after nuclear attack. Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker is a museum commemorating an imaginary holocaust, creeping dread, closed circuit television, threatening signs and the stink of chip fat. If you get a chance to visit, take it.
Visited Coleorton Nuclear Bunker, like many Royal Observer Corps Bunkers this was built at the site of an existing WW2 Anti Aircraft observation post. These posts were called Orlit posts , after a company that prefabricated concrete posts called Orlit.
Someone has tried to break off the concrete cover , so this farmer has put a concrete manhole cover on top to seal it.