If you go down in the woods today it’s unlikely you’ll find a Secret Nuclear Bunker, but hey I did!
I’ve often seen the signs around Essex saying ‘Secret Nuclear Bunker’ and was always amused by the irony of the sign. But one day I decided to see what all the fuss was about, and I’m really glad I did.
To say this place was unlike anything I’ve ever seen would be an understatement, it’s utterly bonkers.
A simple bungalow in the woods hiding a maze of tunnels and rooms that go on for miles! It was built in the 1950’s in the peak of ‘Cold War Mania’ and took just 7 months to complete. It could easily accommodate over 600 people if need be too.
This place was just unreal, plus it’s also almost untouched since the day the Ministry of Defence sold it on in the late 70’s.
Now this place was dark, very dark and there were abandoned Geiger counters and gas masks still on shelves along with state of the art Commodore computers on the desks. Every wall was adorned with either huge maps of the London area or various warnings of what to do in the event of a Nuclear strike, this was very real indeed. There were various rooms still showing original 50’s public information films and even accommodation for the Prime Minister if things went belly up, I just loved this place so much, it was my kind of crazy.
As luck would have it, I happened to have a camera on me at the time. So on purchasing a licence to actually shoot (yes, you read that right), I got to grips with the subterranean labyrinth with my Fuji X100s.
I hope you enjoy the images I made and if you get a chance why not visit, it’s bloody brilliant.
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