Inside underground city built to survive nuke apocalypse with maze of secret tunnels – and it could be under your feet

TAKE a look inside the underground city built to survive a nuke apocalypse.

4,000 people may stay in a bunker in the English countryside for up to three months.


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The Burlington site, which was only accessible by covert tunnels, is 100 feet below Corsham, Wiltshire.

It was created in the late 1950s amid worries about a potential Cold War for government officials.

It took over a 240-acre abandoned quarry and was intended to accommodate the Royal Family, the government, and the time’s prime minister, Harold Macmillan.

The bunker, which would have served as the war headquarters, is equipped with hospitals, canteens, cooks, offices, and lodging.

The hideout features its own telephone switchboard and electric buggies for transportation.

Water for drinking purposes could be found in an underground lake.

Four generators could run for up to three months on 12 fuel tanks, keeping the facility at a comfortable 20 degrees.

Nuclear war became a possibility as tensions between the West and the Soviet Union grew.

And in 1955, preparations were made under the assumption that 132 atomic bombs would strike the UK.

The explosives are estimated to have killed 1.7 million people and injured a million more.

A notice on the Ministry of Defence website in 2004 recognized the site’s existence and noted that it had been declassified.

In it, it was stated that at the end of 2004, “a hitherto secret Government subterranean bunker near Corsham in Wiltshire, which was a potential relocation site for the Government in the event of a nuclear war, was declassified.”

The site was kept up until 1991 when the cost of maintenance stopped being affordable.

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