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Report - Royal Navy Stores Depot - Copenacre - Corsham - Report

Derelict-UK

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#1
***PIC HEAVY***

We visited this in 2011 and it hasn't been posted due to people wanting to get in but apparently it was sealed not long after our visit and no one has been in since.

Visited with The Engineer & DHL (RIP), Thanks goes out to Tommo & his mate who helped.

Royal Naval Storage Depot Copenacre

Some good pictures on Copenacre being built can be found here...

Copenacre page 2

After the First and Second World Wars, a little known Wiltshire quarry became home to some of the military's most secret documents and equipment.

The Royal Naval Store Depot in Copenacre was part of part of the Royal Naval Supply and Transport Service and employed more than 700 people for over 50 years in Wiltshire.

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The Daily Mail of November 23 1943 reads: "An underground city which has taken thousands of men seven years to construct houses Britain's biggest ammunition dump.

"The bomb proof city has barracks, offices, a telephone exchange and electric lifts."

In the switch from quarry to secret military base workers removed 250,000 tons of waste, laid floors and strengthened ceilings.
For the full article from above, please follow this link...

http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/gazettecommunity/nostalgia/2414389.Life_in_a_secret_city/


Enough of the background and on with the trip (There are quite a few pics, if you don't like loads of images, I suggest you leave now ;) )


We arrived early evening, before sunset, checked the front out and all seems quiet. We decide it is too light to make our way towards the complex and go to the pub for a relaxing drink.

On our return we were shocked to see lights on in the buildings and full floodlit areas.

We thought it be best to check the surrounding area first, then DHL saw a phantom police motorcycle which ended up in a play of hide for about 15 minutes until I ventured out and saw nothing.

Not to be out done we went for it anyway, hugging the buildings and scattering across land in between the shadows. Lights flickering on and off outside scaring the bejesus out of us!

Once we found the access, we were in and descended down the many, many, many flights of steps!


1. This is from the bottom up (taken on the way out)
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6. Quarry vehicles from the live part of the quarry used by the company Hanson.
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14. A Safe Haven in case of emergencies...
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18. All these storage shelves were bunched in one small room, you could only access the front row, they were about 5 or 6 deep
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21. No exit?
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22. Compared to Westwood, imagine all those explorer names etched into the sinks, then seeing these untouched!
I didn't add my name, didn't want to spoil it!
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Continued in next post...
 

Derelict-UK

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#2
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33. The same Air Conditioning style unit that is found in Tunnel 4 in Drakelow...
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36. Should of brought wellies!!
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39. Transporter lift that goes back up to ground level...
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41. mmmmm asbestos box...
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44. Hanson Office, lol.
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45. A Guide to underground Corsham...
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Thanks for taking the time to view my Report,


D-UK
 

Mars Lander

Throbbing Member
28DL Full Member
#5
Wow just awesome, great selection too, must of been a fine adventure that.

Were there any lights on at all anywhere, once you got down the long set of stairs.
 

Derelict-UK

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#6
Thanks for your comments, the only lights that were on were the lights around the Hanson live quarry area which was a small section of the complex.
 

Derelict-UK

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#11
Brilliant report, don't forget to add the date to the title because this needs archiving
I would rather not, you don't see some of the Burlington reports with dates. Due to the sensitivity of the site, it's best if I don't put an exact date to it.

If you want, it was 2011.
 

pauln

too old to be reckless
28DL Full Member
#13
Excellent. Did you do the whole site? Looks a bit more run down than I'd have thought.
 

Derelict-UK

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#15
Excellent. Did you do the whole site? Looks a bit more run down than I'd have thought.
No, I think we missed a few parts, apparently there was a bigger switch/generator room. We also didn't see all the live quarry side but were were pushing our luck with time as it was getting close to early morning and we didn't want to meet the Hanson workers so left while we had the chance.
 

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