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Thursday, October 04, 2007

'Paddock' Churchill's Bunker, London

Paddock was designed as a alternative cabinet war room in the Dollis Hill area of London. It takes the form of a large underground bunker on two levels with a number of rooms. Due mainly to the damp conditions and distance from the the centre of London, it was only for two meetings, Churchill himself being present at one of them. After the war the Post Office occupied the surface buildings and utilised the bunker, but it has remained abandoned since the 1970s. Today, the bunker is owned by the company who purchased the land above for housing, who open it twice a year. It still suffers with persistant water ingress, and the are no plans to restore it further.

Details of the open days, ran by Subterranea Brittanica, can be found by following this link:
http://www.stadiumha.org.uk/article.asp?id=118


One of the main corridors
The ventilation plant
Another part of the plant


Stalactites on the ceiling near the vent plant

Main corridor

Inside the map room
Looking towards the back of the map room

Stalactites in the map room

Inside the cabinet room, lights still remain in good condition
Looking into the teleprinter room
Back in the corridor

Further along the corridorEntrances into some of the many rooms in the complex
Inside the GPO frame room

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, great site. I live in dover and can't find the entrances to many of the sites you list. Any chance of letting us know how to get to them? Keep up the good work.

Subterranean Explorer said...

Thanks, some of the sites listed are possible to enter (with care). To get more information I would recommend joining the Underground Kent Forum (www.undergroundkent.co.uk/forum). I am Col123 on there and would be happy to give you any information you need.

London said...

Is there anything like this nearer to Central London?

Colin G said...

Hi, there are the Cabinet War Rooms in Whitehall, they are open to the public. There are also a number of Deep Level Shelters, which are mainly used for secure storage.