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Secret bunker a reminder of nuclear threat.


IT'S overgrown with weeds and vegetation.

But, if you look closely, you can see a stark reminder of a terrifying time - a mysterious nuclear bunker on the outskirts of Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough.

It's situated on a small wedge of land between the Treebridge at Nunthorpe Village and the roundabout into Great Ayton - and there it's remained for over half a century.

Did you know of its existence? Members of Observer entomb these cold chambers Here fascinating pics taken by keen bunker enthusiasts Mark Russell, Nick Catford and David Thompson May, of Subterranea Britannica, show what's inside the bunker decommissioned in September 1991.

Peter It was one of 870 thermonuclear fall-out shelters built throughout the country by the Home Office.

The Nunthorpe/Great Ayton post was built in November 1965 and was part of a strategic defence against all-out nuclear attack during the Cold War.

Various Subterranea Britannica members have visited the site over the years, and documented its condition.

The last report, by David Thompson May, 2012, says: "There has been a partial clearing of the site in the last 12 months or so with what appears to be an attempted demolition of the 'vent.'.

"The last photos show the old access gate into the site and what was a small car parking area.

the Royal Corps will themselves in dank "Open and unlocked, some water in the post."

Cook " An earlier description says many items were present in the bunker including two mattresses, a broom, pots and pans, utensils and a teapot. Wriing about the bunker for Now & Then Magazine, Peter Cook explains some of the history surrounding it.

He said: "If the Soviet Union decides to launch its nuclear missiles on this part of the country, two part-time members of the Royal Observer Corps will entomb themselves in these cold dank chambers and, breathing filtered air, they will use their measuring equipment to relay information to the operations room at regional group headquarters at Durham on the size of the blast, the direction of the atomic cloud and the amount of radiation on the surface."

He also says that the government supplied dominos, a pack of playing cards and a dart board to relieve boredom.

The group's website - - also shows other bunkers in the Teesside and North Yorkshire area - including those in Eston, Redcar, Loftus Chop Gate and Osmotherly, among others.

Do you know of any interesting underground Teesside locations? Contact

of its existence? by the decommissioned so with what attempted the '" many Members of the Royal Observer Corps will entomb themselves in these cold dank chambers Peter Cook


The nuclear bunker on the outskirts of Nunthorpe and Great Ayton

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 22, 2017
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