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Lead or Rumour info - WW2 bunker / shelter West Cardiff

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by norman, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. norman

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    Hi,
    Recently read a western mail article that said that while searching for a missing person, police looked in a "World War Two bunker under the A4232 trunk road which runs from Leckwith woods to . . . . " Culverhouse Cross.
    Anyone know anything about this ? Asked SubBrit, they couldnt give me anything.
    No other details I'm afraid, so no idea if it's a military bunker / public shelter / utilities centre.
    cheers.
     

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  2. urbexsnowman

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    someone needs to go there and do a report.
     
  3. norman

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    Hmm, your map is in the right area, but that FC article is about an aux bunker a few miles away, in North Cardiff, so I don't think it's that.
     
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    Yeah, I read a book on these over christmas, they were effectively the British version of the French Resistance. Home guard type chaps trained by the army in saboutage, in the evnt of a German invasion they were to remain hidden until the enemy passed their bunker then cause disruption to supply chains, comms equipment etc with explosives and raids. Most of the bunkers were thus really well hidden deep in woodland and low population areas. Be great to have a look inside one.
     
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    Hi guys, new here.

    The FC Auxiliary Unit bunker mentioned is North of Cardiff:
    Rudry Special Duties Out Station

    FC site gives directions to it so they seem to be happy for people to go and have a look from the outside; though it is fenced off.



    As for the bunker west of Cardiff, could possibly be this:

    Coflein

    I've seen photos on flickr of what looked like a very basic air raid shelter somewhere around there. However, that was South of the A4232; the bunker mentioned by the Western Mail could be that shelter or another part of the same decoy site. I'll try digging around on the web to see if I can find any other reference to it and perhaps go for a walk over that way one day.
     
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    Just realised the photos I saw on flickr of the shelter were quite possibly by one of you guys anyway.

    The Western Mail journo could have mixed up 'South of' and 'Below' I guess in reference to the link road; but I wonder if it would be that far over and up the hill given that the search unfortunately concentrated on the Ely river area.

    Had a fruitless wander around Caerau area anyway. Can't imagine it could be anywhere where the road appears to cut into the hill, so probably east of Plymouth woods? If it exists at all that is.



    Apologies if any of this is too much info to be posting publicly; I've tried to be broad with my descriptions of the area.
     
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    Bridgend is the place to go, it was the Main place during wwll so much around from the 8 x's to bunkers still visible at bridgend industrial estate and the prisoner of war camp, or what's left of it, most of it is now a cheap and nasty new build housing estate, as a child my playground was Pencoed hostels, which was where the workers from the bomb factories in Bridgend used to live, we turned on the lights in the concert hall, climbed the water tower, lol, memories, hence my fascination with derelict places , coflein has pictures of how it used to be, it's now a westbury housing estate, wish we had mobile phones as the pics would be awesome
     
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