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Inside the secret nuclear bunker ready to use by the Government in case of WW3; The building in Ullenwood, Gloucestershire, was constructed during the Cold War as a civil defence nuclear bunker.

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Eerie photos capture a secret nuclear bunker which the Government will use in the event ofWorld WarThree.

The bunker was constructed during theCold Warin the 1950s in response to the escalating tensions between the USA and Soviet Russia.

Secret government documents released by the National Archives back in 2005 revealed contingency plans in the event of a nuclear attack which included scrambling the Prime Minister to the bunker.

There were 19 of the clandestine bunkers hidden around the country from which Britain's emergency government would operate.

Now pictures have emerged of this site, built on two storeys in Ullenwood, Gloucestershire.

Gloucestershire Livesays the subterranean complex covers an area of some 1300 square metres and is encased in reinforced concrete walls, two-feet thick.

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Situated at its heart is the map room with an observation balcony from which the dreaded in-coming Russian bombers would have been logged and anti-aircraft defences co-ordinated.

Designed to be self-sufficient in the event of an attack, the bunker was hermetically sealed to prevent radiation poisoning and had its own water supply, generator, more than three dozen phone lines and ample storage space for provisions.

By the end of the 1950s, Ullenwood had become the headquarters for the Civil Defence Corps in Gloucestershire.

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In 1963, at the peak of the Cold War and only a year after the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of oblivion, the War Office sold the stronghold to Gloucestershire County Council as an emergency centre.

During the mid-1980s the bunker was used for training purposes by Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

Various uses were mooted for the bunker, one of which suggested that it could be used to house the county's archives. But the council decided it wasn't financially feasible and put the bunker and its 2.2 hectare site up for auction in 2002 where it failed to make the reserve of [pounds sterling]400,000.

The following year the property was bought by a local businessman who has since built a detached house in the grounds, leaving undisturbed the retired bunker that in the worst case scenario could have been the last home to the UK government.

The now not-so-secret bunker can be found in rural countryside near small industrial buildings.

But these buildings themselves are relics of the Second World War when the US army used the site as a military hospital. Between July 1945 and September 1945 up to 1,000 American servicemen could be accommodated at the hospital camp.

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When the G.I.'s moved out the camp continued its wartime service as Ullenwood Basic Unit 501 for the training and regrouping of Polish soldiers and air force personnel who'd fought bravely on the allied side in the war.

It's curious that this peaceful and unassuming corner of the county serves as a reminder of the international conflict that tore the 20th century apart.

The government officers bunkered down under Ullenwood could have been the last witnesses to a post-nuclear Britain's last days as the doomsday clock counted down to zero.

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The 1,300sqm complex would've been used to protect the Prime Minister if the country was hit by a nuclear attack

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Pictures have been taken in the secret corridors

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Designed to be self-sufficient in the event of an attack, the bunker was hermetically (airtight) sealed to prevent radiation poisoning

Credit: Gloucestershire Live

It has its own water supply, generator and more than three dozen phone lines

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The secret bunker is three and a half miles from Cheltenham town centre in the Cotswold village of Ullenwood

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There were 19 of the clandestine bunkers hidden around the country from which Britain's emergency government would operate

Credit: Gloucestershire Live

By the end of the 1950s, Ullenwood had become the headquarters for the Civil Defence Corps in Gloucestershire

Credit: Gloucestershire Live

During the mid-1980s the bunker was used for training purposes by Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service
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Date:Jul 27, 2019
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