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Secret and Not So Secret UK Bases and Installations

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posted on Aug, 13 2010 @ 07:21 PM
Felt compelled to post here. Coming from a small area of Leicestershire I'm feeling a small road trip coming on to go and check out the places listed.

All I know of military movement is the vast amount of military aircraft we get hanging around. I've heard about them using the old pitbanks as 'bombing' ranges, but living quiet close I've never experienced anything, the only thing that makes the houses shake around here are the explosives at the quarry pits. Don't know exactly where they're coming from, guess I can find out more.

Usually these aircraft are plain black, just the other week I was out and about standing in a carpark in a small village on high ground, and the helicopter seemed to just chill out above the field next to the car park for over half an hour. No clue what they were doing, they started to circle for a while before darting off.

Just to also add, I do a lot of work with OS and Aerial Mapping, along with historical mapping taken from Ordinance Survey, Landmark and Getmapping (we hold 'rights' to OS & Landmark but not Aerial data from getmapping) so I'll have to check out some of these areas on the data I have.

[edit on 13/8/10 by stefplz]

posted on Aug, 24 2010 @ 02:54 AM

posted on Aug, 24 2010 @ 02:55 AM

posted on Aug, 24 2010 @ 03:03 AM
reply to post by philosopher king

your uncle is quite correct, there are definitely bunkers within the cliffs at beachy head. they were accessible until the late eighties but all entry points have now been secured. i know people who have been inside. there are also many clues of their presence above ground. one entry was via a point just to the back of a mark known as the sugar loaf, another entry was opposite the pub on beachy head. there are the remains of concrete buildings within 30metres of the cliff edge and recently installed manhole covers where there are no current buildings or requirement for utilities.

posted on Nov, 30 2010 @ 04:22 PM
reply to post by SimonGray

This seems to be a very random list. For example I have worked on a building site in the Arborfield base which is a normal army Reme base. I wasnt even screened before I started working there, just wasnt allowed to if I had a criminal record. There is VERY lax security and we frequently wandered about and never encountered security or even got asked what we were doing away from the site. I can honestly say that is just a very bog standard base that trains mechanical engineering soldiers.

Just thought I would mention because it might damage your authenticity to just list bases implying they are something more than they are. IF you didnt mean to then why even mention a base like this in the first place? Makes me wonder if the resk are just regular military bases too...

posted on May, 14 2011 @ 04:01 AM
I never knew this place existed - Garvie Island up in NW Scotland is the only place where British and Nato Aircraft can drop Live ordinance and weapons.....

Little video link to show you some 'action'...


posted on May, 14 2011 @ 04:55 AM

Originally posted by SimonGray
Reply on the old board by SimonGray

I feel so proud to be British

Also, as I live in Wiltshire and have visited almost all of those sites you mention here, I just want to point out that Rudloe Manor does look like a massive hotel, but its operations are underground. This is one of the UK's most secretive facilities that is in the public's view.

Also, RAF Machrihanish in Scotland is a Navy SEALs base location in the UK. It has also been linked to the Aurora and F-117a's.

Reply on the old board by Bagpuss iam not impressed i have friends at some of the locations have you forgot about the ira

My brother works as a groundsman for Rudloe Manor....

He tells me there is a secret pipeline linking all government sites in the UK along with a transport network. Apparently helicopters fly along the route of the tunnel 24/7 to ensure there are no suspicious activities. This is a major fuel line for the Army and if someone where to destroy / blow it up there would be catastrophic consequences.

Reply on the old board by Reso

Kent: Army - Sir John Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe Camp, Folkestone

I've been there quite a few times. It's a training camp.

There are two more camps I've been to in Kent as well.

Invicta Barracks, Maidstone, Kent - a large Royal Engineers camp with a lot of equipment and vehicles. Currently undergoing a lot of building work. Some Gurkas (sp?) are aslo stationed here.

Rifle and tank range, Hyth, Kent - I don't know it's official name though.

I've also been to some other training areas throughout the South East but I don't remember their names :-/

Reply on the old board by phait

Do you know how old this list is?

I just wondered as it has RAF Cottesmore down as a station for Tornado's but it stopped being the training base for the tri-lateral Alliance(UK, Germany, Italy) a couple of years ago and is now home to the No.1 Squadron of Harriers: />
There is also no mention of Staxton-Wold up near Scarborough, Yorks. (scroll to bottom of page). Its the oldest operational radar site in the world apparently.

North Luffenham in Leic. did also several years ago do some sort of special training, although I cannot confirm it was definitely SAS.


Liked the list though, will give me some new places to check out.

posted on May, 14 2011 @ 04:58 AM
iam not impressed i have friends at some of the locations have you forgot about the ira

posted on May, 14 2011 @ 05:17 AM
luckily they will never find our secret base

posted on Jun, 20 2017 @ 04:05 PM
Sorry for the bump here, I was searching Google for information on Chetwynd barracks in Chilwell Nottingham uk. I work literally right next door to the Base, and it has long been rumored to be involved in communication spying for the GCHQ.There are many locals in the area that talk of the rumors of underground sections of the Base also. Bear in mind that these aren't your typical ATS users speculating, this is just local rumor known amongst the local populace. I may start a thread with pics of the Base etc. Again, apologies for the bump

posted on Jun, 20 2017 @ 11:53 PM
a reply to: pigsy2400

There is underground, and then there is underground. It isn't all that unbelievable to have a tunnel here or there. It is the wide and deep underground bases that cause me to roll my eyes.

Disneyland has tunnels. Las Vegas has tunnels. The old Jehovah's Witness campus in NY has tunnels. There are buildings with half a dozen levels of underground parking.

Infrastructure like tunnels and such are taxed in the US. Now I suppose the military can avoid the tax man, but it is hard to avoid the plan checks and union mandated safety procedures.

A few years ago they were funding all sorts of underground stuff around the US capital for some construction around Tysons Corner.

posted on Jun, 21 2017 @ 02:02 AM
a reply to: SimonGray

Innsworth in Glos is no longer RAF mate.
It's now Imjin Barracks, NATO ARRC.

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posted on Aug, 2 2017 @ 07:08 AM
a reply to: pigsy2400

Hi Pigsy,

I've spent a bit of time at Chetwyn over the years, but I've never heard of any GCHQ activity other than normal crypto/network related IS projects.

However, I thought I'd check on GE. I can't see any evidence of interception equipment (dishes, antenna etc) or underground facilities (vents, ramps, passenger lifts)


Your closest intercept station is Menwith Hill and there is plenty of interesting stuff going on in Lincolnshire.


posted on Sep, 25 2017 @ 06:06 AM
a reply to: stratsys-sws

Thanks Robbie, it's quite funny when we get new starters where I work as they train new recruits on the firing range practicing and when I am stood outside you having a cigarette you can see and very much hear them, the new starters where I work always look a little startled. As for underground areas there, I do have to agree with you. They are in the process of shutting down as it's all being sold off housing in the next few years

posted on Sep, 25 2017 @ 06:43 AM
a reply to: pigsy2400

The camp you are referring to is (or was) the Mission Training and Mobilisation Centre (MTMC). It was used to get Army Reserve units and Regular individual reinforcements who are not part of a formed unit ready for deployment on ops. They would turn up, draw weapons/ops kit and do a couple of weeks of basic mandatory and bespoke theatre training immediately prior to deployment. All of this is in the public domain.

posted on Feb, 14 2019 @ 10:37 AM

originally posted by: fritz
RAF Thatcham was in fact MOD Thatcham. A major storage facility that provided everything from tentage to weapons and from vehicles to ammunition.

I am sorry but you are very wrong. MOD Thatcham was in fact an RAOC supply depot. RAF Thatcham was a small fenced off self contained unit within the RAOC depot, I know because I was stationed there but that is all I am at liberty to say.

posted on Feb, 14 2019 @ 10:57 AM
This age old OP has me thinking this was a fishing exercise

posted on Feb, 15 2019 @ 03:39 AM

originally posted by: Anonymous ATS
Why would secret bases be know to any of you?! As civilians you are not given information regarding any establishment or facility that falls under military law or protection.

For example, Ordernance survey maps are blank on maps to prevent knowledge of "base" and "camp" details. To prevent terrorist activity etc. You might as well say that Dartmoor is a gigantic Nuclear establishment as there are signs telling you to remain on the footpath.

Civee wannabees!

Because UK secrecy laws and bases have terrible security and it's riddled with holes.

Look at OS maps prior to 1979 to see what the blank space covers up.

Many of the secret places are listed in the yellow pages. Though if you turn up in person they deny all knowledge and police move you on.

It's perfectly legal to obtain blueprints of many secret, sensitive areas that have no excuse not to be covered up - 10 Downing Street blueprints are as easy to get as a walking into a council office.

Secret pipelines etc.. connecting sites have named and numbered markers on public roads with obvious abreviations - i.e Oil Pipeline is OP...

(personally worked to warn advise authorities on these massive security lapses in the past when I've come across them).

posted on Oct, 1 2019 @ 09:21 PM
thanks for posting this

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