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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Drakelow Tunnels, Staffordshire

The Drakelow Tunnels were excavated into a wooded hillside near Kinver in Staffordshire between 1941 and 1943. They were originally dug as an underground shadow factory for Rover, who were at the time producing aircraft engines for the war. The labyrinth of tunnels stretches between 3 and 4 miles and was equipped with offices, dorms, workshop areas, communication facilities and everything else required. During the Cold War, a portion of the tunnels was fitted out as a RSG (Regional Seat of Government) and this continued to be adapted until the 1980s. After this the site was sold to a private buyer and the Drakelow Preservation Trust set up to try to protect the tunnels from further damage, or complete destruction! They are now used for Airsoft and it is unknown whether there will ever be public access.

This visit was orgainsed by Subterranea Brittanica.

Entrance in the quarry face

One of the main long tunnels (Tunnel 4)

Tunnel 1

WW2 kitchen area

Remaining supports (most have been removed)

Brick walled tunnel

Lined tunnel

Fan

Another long tunnel

Tunnel leading the the bunker area

Battery charging room

1980s kitchen area

Toilets

Bore-hole supplying the water

Ventilation ducting

Decontamination showers

One of the generators

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