This Nuclear Bunker is at Pattingham , nr Wolverhampton. Having been abandoned about 1991 most of these are sealed, often with all the equipment inside. This one surprisingly was open, so taking my life in my hands I decided to venture down the shaft.
Down a deep narrow shaft , pitch dark and smelling damp I descended. Now this post was abandoned about 1991, they just left it as it was. The notice board in there still has the various things they had to measure like Blast and nuclear fall out. This is chilling, the place was tiny , more a tomb than a place of safety. The hatches and pipes above ground have hatches and opening here in the bunker for equipment that was used, they can be seen in the roof and walls. The hand pump and piping is at the base of the shaft to pump away water that could collect in a gully at the bottom of the stairs. It still moved.
There were still 70’s style plastic chairs and papers strewn about, all the pictures only came out because of the flash on the camera, I had no torch. I used the flash to see what was there, only really finding out when I got home. This bunker was probably intact until quite recently, the graffiti was newish and the drinks can very new.
I took these some while ago and went back here with my wife and a torch so she could look , but in the few weeks since I was there the hatch has been filled with wood and junk from the falling down shed nearby - it’s too far from anywhere to be vandals , I reckon it may have been the farmer to stop people going down and getting trapped or somesuch. A shame as we had looked forward to it .
Never mind - just being there was OK , earlier we’d been to one in Rugeley. We decided that when we went to Leeds the following day we’d look for some there.