Thanks, that was very interesting for a couple of reasons. First, I was
surprised at how early (1951) the facility was built. At that time in the
US, Site R was still under construction, and the first AT&T hardened site
(Monrovia, MD) was about ten years in the future.
And second, the general design seems remarkably similar to the AT&T sites
and the FEMA regional centers, most of which were built in the late 1960s.
So it would appear that the UK was quite advanced in terms of hardened
I noticed there's a top-level page for the bunker:
And another giving some historical info:
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> Here is a great web site I was directed to.