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Report - WestWood Quarry Wiltshire ,aug 2011

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by space invader, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. space invader

    space invader 28DL Full Member
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    This was the start to an epic weekend :thumb and my first experience of underground wiltshire .

    visted with wevsky, obscurity , troglodyte, oliver gt, teebs, peach and mrs obs

    a little history ...
    This structure began as a tunnel system in a quarry. During the Second World war it served two purposes; one section housed national treasures of great value. It was rumoured that the Crown Jewels were kept here with the area totally secure and even boasting one of the earliest smoke detectors. Another area was used for the building of Royal Enfield motor cycles.
    The Enfield section used for the motorbikes was one of the 'Shadow' factories protecting vital war efforts from bombing. Short Brothers, Rover and Enfield were the three main underground factories. They are known to us now as Shorts, Drakelowe, and Enfield. Enfield was still in use until the beginning of the 90's.

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    Thanks for looking :)
     
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