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Report - Deepdene WW2 Southern Railway Control Bunker, Dorking Surrey – October 2015

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by kkj, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. kkj

    kkj 28DL Regular User
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    Visited this site earlier with Carcarzy, we quickly stumbled across the anti-tank pimples (and interesting marker on the landscape) before finding ourselves looking at a unique stunning scenery. We walked around the place taking several photos and were very impressed.

    There are several outbuildings with their entrances blocked off, but the one at the top of the hill was still open which consisted of a back wall that was built of several layers of stone and brick (not sure if something lies behind this!) and had a very old stair case leading to the roof on to the right. We then wondered back down the hill to explore what else was around the area.

    We noticed on a sign near the main entrance to the bunker stating “Danger! The reason we keep blocking up the tunnels is because they contain asbestos, By the way smile! You are now being filmed by CCTV” unfortunately I don’t think they would have seen the smile underneath my respirator mask, but I was certainly smiling, this place looked amazing!

    I must mention this place is pretty dangerous! All precautions should be considered! (Also there are some bloody creepy looking spiders down there! As I saw mentioned in previous posts)

    Hope you like the pics. Feedback Welcome.


    History

    During World War 2, the Southern Railway group took over the Deepdene Hotel, near Dorking, as their War Headquarters. On their take over, it was discovered that the grounds to the rear of the buildings contained a series of caves. It was decided that the natural protection of the caves would be utilised for the Traffic Control bunker of the Southern Region network. The caves were enlarged slightly in order to house 30 staff that were relocated from the Waterloo control centre.

    The tunnel network contained a control room, a meeting room, 3-position switchboard, battery room, night officer bedroom, plant rooms and toilets. A 60 foot emergency shaft was excavated at the rear of the tunnels and was used as the fresh air inlet. A 4 foot thick slab covered the complex, yet no near miss protection was provided. The bunker was used throughout the war and was occupied by operators well into the 1960’s. British Railways left the control centre in the mid 1960’s, and the hotel was demolished in 1969. The bunker lay dormant until it was rediscover by local children in 1997 and set fire too. Since then, it has been sealed due to asbestos.
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  2. carcrazy

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    never going down them stairs again! good effort
     
  3. Bertie Bollockbrains

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    Good to see this again, was not aware of anyone doing this recently

    I wouldn't worry too much about that CCTV warning, I saw no sign of any camera myself and I actually looked around in the bushes for it after reading that sign, but yes do worry about the asbestos that they warn - but you said you had the right equipment on
     
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    Good to see again, death on a stick that spiral staircase
     
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  5. kkj

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    A death trap!
     
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    Didn't see the CCTV either tbf! and yes the place is covered in it!
     
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    nice report there some piks are a little blurry but a decent report none the less
     
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    That staircase has certainly lost its newness over the years!
     
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    That spider looks f00king massive :eek:
     
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    Most likely the European Cave Spider (Meta menardi) up to about 5cm wide (leg span) but totally harmless. A colony was found in Windsor Castle in 2001 and falsely reported in the gutter press as "swarms of aggressive spiders". There are larger spiders in the UK - the rare Giant Raft Spider is up to 7cm wide and found on water in the Fens.
     
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    It was bloody huge, swear its teeth were bigger than mine! haha
     
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    Thanks mate, working on the quality of my pics! (need to be a bit more selective with the 1s I put up I think!)
     
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    Gutted went with friends a month ago and found it bricked up. Walked round for a couple of hours, but couldn't find another access point :(

    We did find the old ice house on site though, that was pretty cool!
     
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