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For sale: nuclear bunker that has never been used

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

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PEOPLE are being urged to ‘take cover’ as a nuclear fallout bunker gets set to go under the hammer.

For as little as £2,000 people can get their hands on the relic from the cold war that can be found in the middle of a South Derbyshire field.

Auctioneers Bagshaws is offering up the unique opportunity which includes a lobby area, main room and many of the original fixtures and fittings still in place.

A spokesman from Bagshaws said: “Providing a rare opportunity to purchase a relic of the cold war is this former Royal Observers Corps Nuclear Fallout Observation Bunker.

“Situated in an elevated position 125 metres above sea level just off the A514 between Stanton by Bridge and Ticknall and adjacent to a bridle way which passes though Robin Hood Woods part of the National Forest and leads down to St Brides Farmhouse which in turn leads towards Staunton Harold Reservoir.

“The bunker is part submerged underground and has access by a steel hatch and steel ladder which in turn leads to a lobby area, main room and a small area which we are led to believe was the toilet area.

“Some of the original fittings from the days of use are still in situ including a notice on the door and the remains of the telephone system.

“The present site is overgrown but has a five bar gate with access onto the A514 and takes advantage of the superb views over Derbyshire and the surrounding countryside.”

A guide price has been set of between £2,000 and £3,000.

The bunker was opened in 1961 before being closed off in 1968.

In the past, the site has been a regular target for vandals.

Some of its contents includes Jerry cans, special instruments, waterproof trousers and a range of filter units to keep the air clean.

More information about the history of the bunker is available online at www.subbrit.org.uk

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