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Report - Wentworth, Surrey D-Day Control /Battle Headquarters Bunker- 22-04-07

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    well after a year or sos research, and countless reeces... done it....

    visited today with Lesbub.

    some info:
    '''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.

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    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
    that.

    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.

    then found this:


    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/tony.ling/history/history.htm

    at the bottom it says:

    ''Beneath The City Streets' - Peter Laurie

    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..
     
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