28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
So I first came across the Leeds war room late last year but couldn't find the exact location initially. However a few days ago I was driving along and noticed a cold war esque building surrounded by diggers and expecting the worst I called in.. The demo crew had just started and Its awful to see a piece of history being torn down for more houses etc. The crew let me take a few externals however they had already begun collapsing the access so I couldn't go in.. however after a friendly nudge from from Wevsky I decided to go back on on a evening mission and it certainly paid off!! can;t thank you enough dude :)
History: pinched from a report in 2001 which can be found at: http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/l/leeds_war_room/index.html
The War Room opened in the early 1950's but within a few years nuclear technology left it obsolete as the H bomb threat required a new breed of protected accommodation, the RSG. By 1958 it had became a sub regional control, subordinate to the RSG at York (See Shipton). It also acted as a Leeds City Council sub control, one of 4 in a ring around the city. (the others were houses). Joint Home Office and Civil Defence use is unusual. After 1968 it was no longer required until 1981 when the upper level was refitted as Leeds City Council Control (The lower level was not used). In theory it was available until the end of the cold war, but in practice it was unsuitable for the purpose, damp and rarely used. It is now empty and unused.
11. generator fuel topped up over 40 years ago!
19. made in 1953!
20. Air Filtration system
And there we go! All photos were taken on my 5D with a mixture of flashgun and headtorch for lighting..
I hope you like what you see! over and out, HR