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Kelevdon, Essex, England

 

I thought as the UK was my birthplace then perhaps we should spend the week there and then it will be back to the sunshine…

A wartime Bunker in Kelvedon, Essex.

This week I will be taking you to the secret bunker and some other places which I love in the UK.

For years I drove along this road and past this sign saying ” Secret Bunker” thinking to myself  ” Well that’s a well-kept secret”

A big sign on the road, a sign for all to see.

Secret Bunker this way!

One day the curiosity got the better of me and with my two young grandsons in tow, we followed the sign to the Secret Bunker.

Down a bumpy track which came out into a clearing and what looked like a disused bungalow was in front of us.

No one around…a little creepy.

To the left of the bungalow were some( which we later discovered) standby generators with enough fuel to run continuously for 3 months. The bungalow and tunnel are heavily reinforced, and serve mainly as protection from the blast and radiation of a nuclear bomb.

Venturing up to the door we went inside.

Just inside the bungalow is a 120m long tunnel which leads into the main bunker. Still no-one around…Just us! And a phone on the wall!

As you walk out of the entrance tunnel through the 1.5-tonne blast doors into the bunker, the first rooms you come across all deal with communication.

Communication

Communication that is, between all the other military and government bunkers in the UK. The slides show one of the huge exchanges used to deal with the high volume of electronic traffic. Should all the specialist communication equipment fail, there was also a fully operational BBC Studio in the bunker capable of broadcasting to the whole nation. There is also the plotting room. This was where aircraft, friend or foe, were tracked 24 hours a day, and latterly where the plotting and analysis of nuclear explosions would have taken place. Spooky stuff, the boys were enthralled..not so much with the slideshows which were continuously running but all the now old equipment.

Security doors

I think we all picked up on the atmosphere. It was really spooky we kept expecting to come across someone…

 

Scary stuff..all around you is this air of disuse and a musty smell.

The plant room is also based on this level. Here millions of cubic litres of air were filtered, recycled and cooled, to keep the personnel fully supplied with breathable safe air. It also kept the bunker under positive air pressure, thus helping to keep radioactive dust out in the event of a nuclear explosion.

You can actually feel what went on here and also knew that we wouldn’t have been one of the chosen few. That was scary.

On the second level which is the government level. In a time of the nuclear attack, a representative of every level of government from the armed forces to the Ministry of Social Security would have a role in the bunker.

Nearly to the top..being so far underground is quite eerie and we were still alone.

The top level of the bunker dealt with the day to day existence of the bunker’s inhabitants. A small surgery, several washrooms, dormitories,  did those beds look uncomfortable no feather pillows here… and a large canteen were all on this level. The canteen is still used today.

Very basic living accommodation

All the way through this bunker it was like being transported back in time and when we came out into the  canteen…still alone…there was an honesty box. Signs of past times but quaint and unchanged we were still in that time warp.

Outside into the bright sunlight again and there are a few small animals for the kiddies.

It was a lovely day out and lots of it were unexpected I loved and so did the boys that everything had been kept as it was. Something different and a touch of history…I would love to see the bunkers now I expect they would be vastly different and more comfortable than this one.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to this not so Secret Bunker it was a lovely half day out and ideal for boys ours loved it!

Thursday I will take you and show you some of the sights of London and my favourite London markets…

As always I have picked a few essentials for you…Because if you  are visitng from warmer climes you will need some wet weather gear or some warmer clothing…

So don’t forget wrap up warm if you are going in the Spring…

Thank you for reading and your visit 🙂 If you enjoyed this post then please share on your favourite social media.

I can also be found over on my other blog where there are lots of yummy recipes which I am sure you will enjoy…If you love authentic Thai food and sign up for my newsletter then I will give you a free pdf on how to make your own authentic Thai Curry pastes.

Have a lovely day and enjoy your week x

Kelevdon, Essex, England

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Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them. I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetables ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling. Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use have to improve our health and wellbeing. I will be showing you cooking pots and dishes used here and local traditionst hat I discover on my travel and interesting places to visit. I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to.......Then, I will be happy!

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