posted on Jun, 24 2006 @ 06:10 PM
During the late 1950s - early 1960s, the UK constructed a massive 35 acre underground Central Government Wartime Headquarters at Corsham, north
This enormous nuclear bunker operated under many codenames over the years: SUBTERFUGE - STOCKWELL - BURLINGTON - TURNSTILE, and its existence only
officially entered the public domain after its declassification, by the Cabinet Office, in December 2004.
Originally, it was designed to accommodate at least 3,750 Government staff, including the Prime Minister and his War Cabinet, but this figure had
dropped to circa 750 staff at the end of the 1960s.
Once war appeared imminent, the order to man the bunker would have been given, and all 3,750 nominees would have evacuated London over a 14 hour
period. Chartered trains would have collected them from Kensington Olympia Station and taken them to a still classified location, codenamed
From there, the MOD would have transported them in a huge single convoy to the enormous bunker underneath Corsham.
It was planned for the Prime Minister, and a small party of officials, to leave London at the last possible moment, and travel to the underground
bunker by helicopter.
The Government have declassified a detailed 1996 map of the underground complex, which can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
It really is an enormous bunker.
1996 UK Central Government Wartime Headquarters map