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Lead or Rumour info - tunnels in wroughton wiltshire

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by espchris, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. espchris

    espchris On the go all ways
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    Has anybody been able to get into the tunnels in clouts wood wroughton wiltshire there is a way but has backfill on it anybody remember this place
     

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  2. andyboz

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    we did it as kids back in the seventies scary but fun !!
     
  3. Bertie Bollockbrains

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    I assume something to do with the next door RAF Wroughton - now the overspill storage site for London's Science museum. Clout's Wood is now a nature reserve for the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Done a quick Google search and no info on alleged tunnels. WWT website doesn't refer to any tunnels.

    I live not too far away, will do some homework on this and have a look next time I pass through. Thanks for the lead.
     
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    its been so long since i was there,as far as i remember we followed the path into the woods and there is a clearing and the tunnel is on the right,there is also a little stream to the left.the entrance to tunnel stuck out of ther hillside and was easy to see,
     
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    Would either @andyboz or @espchris be able to give any sort of indication on the map below where this tunnel is? Clout's Wood is a good couple of miles across and would take ages to hunt for tunnels.


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    Once again thanks for the lead and will check it out when I next drive past. Be worthwhile for me as a new countryside walk if all else fails.
     
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    hmm a little bit of homework... and Clouts wood borders onto RAF Wroughton where the bomb store was. Underground bomb storage sounds perfectly feasible to me.

    And a search on Flickr shows me photos of the RAF Wroughton underground reservoir

    Sounds like a good lead to me and needs investigating
     
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    interesting photos but the tunnel we were in is much smaller and has steel doors at at the end of each section we were stopped by a small door a co,uple of hundred feet in,it was curved and i seem to recall it being red brick,im sorry my memory isnt better because we lived in those woods as kids,as for a bomb store its the wrong side of raf wroughton,think ill phone my brother and maybe he can remember!!
     
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    @andyboz Over 2 visits and totaling about 4 hours walking through those woods, I can't see any tunnels. Not suggesting that the lead is wrong and I believe you that they were there in your youth for playing in. Could well have been back-filled.

    Don't feel bad for using up my time, Clout's Wood as a nature reserve is a new discovery for me and is teeming with wildlife; with 2 species of deer seen, buzzards and red kites hovering above. I'm glad that I now know the place and can see myself returning for picnics and the like.

    As for the underground reservoir that is elsewhere but nearby and was found. Report on that will be up within a couple of days.
     
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    The tunnels in clouts woods are true, my ilder brother said about them the other day, it's all backfilled though, lets unclear it though ?
     
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    Also where is the underground reservoir ? Any other abandoned/derelict places near wroughton ? I know of the bunkers along the mod road in thorney allready though
     
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    [QUOTE="Bertie Bollockbrains, post: 1095270, I know roughly where the entrance is
     
  12. Bertie Bollockbrains

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    @swindonianexplorer I never said that the tunnels never existed or that the lead was false, just said I couldn't find them myself after 2 visits. But I had very little info to go on and a large area to search. I do believe that these tunnels once existed as three people have now come onto this thread confirming the existence.

    Clearing the backfill could be impossible or it could be relatively easy. Depends how much effort went into sealing the tunnel. But we will never know unless we look.

    Lets negotiate: you tell me where the tunnel entrance is (in private message) and I will tell you where the reservoir is (in private).

    Everything that I could find in the Wroughton area is now in a report on the military sites forum
     
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    I tried searching for it today, found some old red bricks along the river further down so a good indication.we found the bit where my brother was sure it was but it looks like a massive fill in if it's the right area but could be dug out with enough people over a week,maybe lol we found an old mod marking stone aswell but best I can explain it to you is to take the entrance up church hill and as youare going down the hill from the 1st entrance towards the second gate in to clouts woods at the bottom of the field where the river is take a right and follow the tree line up towards the hangers for another 15-20 mins and it's around that area deffo somewhere but like I said I'm certain it's been backfilled like most others around wroughton unfortunately
     
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    We was thinking of taking a metal detector up to help find it lol, because all steel reinforced brickwork underground
     
  15. Bertie Bollockbrains

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    I know where you talking about, saw it myself. Not a chance of doing any digging on the scale needed without permission from the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. In short they would say no.
     
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