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Report - RAF Chilmark, Underground Ammo Stores, Wiltshire, September 2010

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Kinger, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. Kinger

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    "Underground" or "Military"???

    Well, it existed as an underground quarry first, so in underground it goes...

    Visited as usual with Montstar (sadly no MarkyMark this time)

    We'd heard of RAF Chilmark a few years ago, courtesy of a couple of reports from OT and subbrit etc. But to be honest, with our spotlight well and truly on other underground MoD sites in the area over the last year or so, it had kind of slipped our minds :D

    However, with a fresh report from 28dl new member Andyking, it was now fully back on the cards.

    At first there appears to be very little history on RAF Chilmark, other than railway enthusiast sites, but with a little digging, the author of "The Bible" (Nick McCamley) has left a little gem of info on http://www.monkton-farleigh.co.uk/Chilmark.htm
    It reads:


    So, with the excitement of the rarity of a "fresh" MoD underground site we set off for Chilmark......

    After an emergency "pitstop" en-route for Montstar (dodgy pizza) we parked up in a nearby wood, and began walking to the perimeter fence, to firstly have a look at the structures on the top of hillside.

    Most of the small ammo store rooms were locked, but a couple were open, so we did get a look inside some, which to be honest, is all you'd need (not exactly interesting)

    Some pics of the "overground" stuff...
    (i think you can see the relief in his face ;) )
    Bunkers1.jpg

    WAHEY! One was open! (102)
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    And a couple more open doors...(44 & 45 i think?)
    bunkers4.jpg

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    There are also some interesting buildings on the surface, unfortunately they are all well locked.
    Bunkers7.jpg

    Once we'd seen enough topside, we went in search of the entrance to the actual quarry which the MoD converted into use as one large ammo storage area. On the way through the forest we stumble apon this..

    bunkers8.jpg
    Looks like an interesting mission for another day?

    Once we'd been cut to shreads to find the slope to the mine entance, realised we could have reached it from the main road, and VERY NEARLY given up :gay we found it, and made our way in...

    MineEntrance1.jpg

    MineEntrance2.jpg

    The narrow gauge railway was awsome, it entered on one line, and then fanned out in 4/5 directions on the inside! It was also very handy for navigation! The only bummer was the lack of a train to play with :D
    MineEntrance3.jpg

    mine1.jpg

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    If you keep your eyes peeled, there are some interesting carvings to see...
    mine3.jpg

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    Oh, it had to be done:D
    mine8.jpg

    The Blast door to the emergency exit/lift shaft is impressive, and it made a change not to be seeing bright red ones ;)
    mine9.jpg

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    All in all t'was a good visit!

    Thanks for looking!
     
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