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    20 Aug 2015

    This Not-So-Secret Abandoned Bunker In England Is Super Creepy


    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. 
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