Wentworth, Surrey D-Day Control /Battle Headquarters Bunker- 22-04-07
well after a year or sos research, and countless reeces... done it....
visited today with Lesbub.
'''The Reserve Home Forces headquarters at Wentworth
The beginning of this chapter made mention of the combined services
headquarters that was to have been built in tube-type tunnels under
Whitehall. Although it was never constructed, it had a counterpart that was
indeed built, 29 miles west of London at Wentworth, Surrey.
This was the D-Day control bunker, unusual both on account of its tube
construction and its location in a private estate between Sunningdale and
Virginia Water, close to the world-famous golf course.
The estate was commandeered on the outbreak of World War II and
became a military encampment. Files in the Public Records Office indicate
the bunker was constructed in anticipation of a devastating bombardment and
resulting evacuation of London and its layout is identical to that proposed
initially for the combined services deep bunker under Whitehall. The bunker
is to the south of Wentworth House (now the club house for the golf course)
and consists of twin segmental cast iron tubes, evidently taken from London
Transport stock, about 100 yards long, separated by a smaller diameter
access tunnel. The latter connects via ramps and stairs at one end directly
into the clubhouse, and at the other to an isolated escape exit. The whole
is protected on the surface by a massive bombproof slab with a brick
ventilation cowl protruding. The slab is now used as a car park.
Wentworth had been earmarked by General Sir Alanbrooke, Commander in
Chief Home Forces, as his HQ in the event of an invasion that never in fact
came and in due course Wentworth was used as a signals centre by the 21st
Army Group in the lead up to D-Day. When last opened for press inspection in
1987 the bunker was found to be in very good condition, albeit with all
suspended floors and cabling removed.'''
supposidly this was the back up D-Day control bunker network for Fort Southwick, Portsdown and HMS Forward, Newhaven.
theres also other information that was an army battle headquarters
theres no photos of this place anywhere on the internet, a few photos exist from the 1980's but thats it.
it has two main entrances, one from within the clubhouse ( which is bricked up ) and the entrance that we found open at last.. the entrance tunnels lead down to a main tunnel, down the middle are 20 rooms either side of it. the rooms are the same make and size as the deep shelters in London and seem the same size as the London Underground tunnels. the place is self is quite stripped out but is alot bigger than i thought.
if you do go or know where it is, please DEFINATELY keep access information off the internet for fear of vandalism etc and the only way in being sealed.
Re: Wentworth, Surrey D-Day Control bunker - REPORT - 22-04-07
this is where my info came from:
A free magazine dropped out of one of the free local papers that come
though the door. Called Maleshot "The magazine for men living in
Surrey", it was full of articles about golf, and one on colonic
irrigation. Neither of these are of interest to this particular Surrey
male (especially the second), but it did contain a piece on a WW2
bunker under Wentworth Golf Club constructed for Sir Alan Brooke and
the Imperial General Staff in 1940 and later used by Montgomery's 21st
Army group. It's described as "enormous" and "huge", but this could
mean anything in journalist speak. It goes onto say that the bunker
was earmarked for food storage during the Cold War, but never used for
The article originates from a Surrey Herald piece of 1978 when a group
of journalists went on a tour with John Wenzel, former director of the
Cabinet War Rooms, prior to the bunker being sealed up for good for
health and safety reasons
There are three pictures taken at the time showing the group in the
bunker, which look rather similar to a London Underground tunnel, in
fact the article says they were constructed along the same lines.
There's also a picture taken outside what was probably the emergency
exit, the main entrance being under the clubhouse.
This book records this facility as a backup D Day control centre for Fort Southwick and Newhaven. This book is long out of print, rare and much sought after, although much of its speculative opinion has since found other explanations.'
i've actually got a copy of the book and i've checked it out..