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Report - Monkton Farleigh - 15/03/09

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by MADMAX, Mar 15, 2009.


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    The History:
    Monkton Farleigh Mine is the largest of the three Central Ammunition Depots and consists of 80 acres of tunnels and eight storage 'districts'
    connected by five miles of tunnels. The tunnels were designed to handle 1000 tons of ammunition daily.
    Built during WW2, it was decommissioned in 1965 and sold off in 1976. After many years of fruitless wrangling between landowners and planners, Monkton Farleigh Mine was almost destroyed by theft and vandalism.
    Much of the depot has now been sold to Wansdyke Security for secure storage and they have securely sealed the top end of the tunnel close to it junction with the Main West gallery.
    Today it remains accessible to only those with the knowledge and the Maps to do so.

    A Quote from The Times, 23 November 1943:
    'Somewhere within the boundaries of the Southern Command there are what are described in prosaic official language as 'storage areas'. This does not convey information to the enemy or to anyone else. Aerial reconnaissance would disclose nothing but rolling countryside, with wooded hills, picturesque villages, and peaceful pastoral scenery. Many of the local inhabitants are unaware that deep under the earth a wonderful feat of engineering has created a vast bomb-proof store for munitions of war; those who knew kept the secret inviolate.'

    The Explore:
    A group of well known Explorers arrived in three cars at a small wooded layby in Wiltshire on Friday morning.
    The usual suspects where OT, Raddog, Turkey, Rookinella, Dweeb, Squirrell911, Zerocool and myself.
    The plan for the day was Lunch in Browns Mine and the afternoon in Monkton Farleigh.
    It would be fair to say that I was the most excited of all the group, because for one reason or another, I'd was the only one who'd never been to this UE Holy Grail site before.
    So we headed down into Browns, cooked up a dirty lunch and then most of us headed on in. OT and Squirrell had a side project they were working on ;)
    Monkton Farleigh had been been in the top five of my now short UE List for some time. Unsurpringly it was well worth the wait and an awesome afternoon was had by all.
    A lot of the time I used the technique of just photographing whatever was going on around me. This created some very nice accidental lighting effects.
    We covered both Districts 19 and 20 pretty well in three hours, before heading off for some much needed Fish and Chips :D
    I hope you enjoy the results.

    The entrance point to MF was interesting.

    Welcome to District 19

    What's left of a large Extractor Fan

    Close up look at one of the old Conveyors

    Down a Tunnel en route to District 20

    Time for a Self Portrait

    An Ammunition Box

    The Tunnels run for miles

    Nice to see a Toilet still intact...

    ...unlike the Sinks

    Everyone looking back down one of the endless tunnels

    An Air Shaft to the surface

    Follow the Arrows

    One of the only remaining complete Conveyors

    Raddog peaks through the Keyhole into Wansdyke

    A Ramp to the surface sealed at the top

    Some Signs don't really mean much anymore

    Frantic activity at the bottom of District 19

    The infamous Tyre-rolling Ramp - It would have been rude not to send a couple down :D
    #1 MADMAX, Mar 15, 2009
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2009

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