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Report - Underground Radio Station, Portsmouth, May 10

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Ryno118, May 21, 2010.

  1. Ryno118

    Ryno118 28DL Full Member
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    This was a solo explore. UrbanCreed mentioned this site during a previous explore, so I looked into it and since its close to my work I decided to take a walk and explore it after work.

    This small site was build during WW2. It was tunnelled the into the face of the Paulsgrove chalk pit to house a secure radio station. The aerial masts were positioned on the top of the hill above the station and acted as the transmitting/receiving station for Fort Southwick UGHQ. The distance between Fort Southwick and the Radio Station is 1/2 a mile. This was to keep attention away from UGHQ which is where the Allied Commanders (including Winston Churchill, General Eisenhower, General Montgomery, etc.) conducted the D-day landings. They were connected by secure communications lines.

    Sorry about the crap photos. I didn't take my tripod and was trying different ways to try and take shots without using flash where possible.


    Paulsgrove chalk pit
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    A sign showing this to be the site of the Paulsgrove skull, with the escape portal in the background.
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    The escape portal. This is the easyest point of access. Its used to be at ground level but due to the fact that the chalk pit has been quarried out since WW2, it is now about 40ft up.
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    View out of the escape portal with Portsmouth harbour in the background.
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    After the long walk and climb, I decided to take a break and enjoy the view. It was a hot day but the shelter was surprisingly cool.
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    Escape portal
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    Escape portal
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    Chamber 2 leading to the stairs.
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    The alcove in Chamber 2. At the back on the right is a 6 inch borehole leading to up to the surface.
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    The borehole
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    Chamber 2
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    The stairs leading up to chamber 1
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    Stairs leading down to chamber 2
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    Chamber 1
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    Tunnel leading to the The main entrance
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    Side tunnel. Dead end.
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    View from the main entrance
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    It was a fun little explore and for the second time in a week, I managed to get myself covered in freakin chalk! Cheers.
     

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