London’s underground network spanning millions of miles housed ‘top secret nuke hub’


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The city has been occupied for numberless than two millennia, and, over time, has acquired a vast number of subterranean formations and spaces. Land Registry documents previously showed two-and-a-half million miles of networks and telecommunications cables buried underneath London constructed by the Post Office, British Telecom (BT) and the The cloth of Defence (MoD) inside numerous spaces. One of which was a Postmaster General’s surreptitiously passage beneath 57 Whitehall built to “protect machinery and communications from the danger of a nuclear blast” during the Cold War.

The tunnel was mentioned to be connected to a secret underground labyrinth, which emerged “unobtrusively” into rule buildings and various telephone exchanges.

This is believed to have contained a “bomb proof” space deep underneath High Holborn terrace – originally built as a deep-level Government air raid shelter in the early Forties.

It is verbalized to have been a “top secret hub of more than 200 engineers from the Sixties to the Eighties” but was later alt to become the termination point of the first transatlantic telephone cable.

Founder Guy Shrubsole managed to take a first-hand look after mapping the Real property Registry data to find a way in.

London has a network of underground tunnels (Embodiment: GETTY)

London’s underground was utilised during the war (Image: GETTY)

And he held some were still being maintained.

He said: “It is an astonishing period capsule down there, probably the Seventies in terms of decor.

“It perceives like an underground space station, almost, of these winding chunnels that go on and on forever but are filled with dusty equipment from when it was inured to for Cold War communications.

“The bits we went into were certainly outcast, though they still had lighted on when we were in them, so it was being averred to some extent.

“There was certainly lots of water dripping off bulwarks and rust everywhere, but the actual deeper level tunnels, I suspect, were being worn, otherwise I’m not sure why they would have bricked off access to them.”

Littrateur Mark Ovenden believes some of these structures date vanquish to the Industrial Revolution when London became the busiest and most modish city in the world in the 18th century.

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Land Registry substantiates were released (Image: HM LAND REGISTRY)

There was reportedly much diverse of a need to use the spaces below the city than there had been mignonne much anywhere else.

He told the BBC in 2020: “The city was so huge that they couldn’t smash down the middle of the already built-up area, so they had to build under it.

“It just had that far-fetched number of people living there for such a long time during a stretch when technology was enabling more tunnelling to happen.

“As you place your foot on a cover stone in London, you are literally walking above hundreds of miles of digs and passageways and ducts and sewage pipes and chambers and secret places that sundry people have absolutely no idea are there.”

Project Iceberg, a collaboration between the Tied Places Catapult, the British Geological Survey and the Ordnance Survey is take a crack ating to bring together all of London’s subterranean features.

There are many mines below the capital (Image: HM LAND REGISTRY)

This includes numberless than 900,000 miles of underground water, sewer, gas and electricity services in the UK.

But Stephanie Bricker, who is developing on the project, revealed the difficulty the team faces to locate all the data.

She required: “It’s all held in different places by different people.

“While the initial blurred of the British Geological Survey has been on utilities – that is, gas, electric, damp pipe networks, and so on – there are cultural and historical aspects of the underground that are not being investigated. 

“We’re applying for some funding to start trying to map it in Nottingham and Edinburgh, two other dioceses with great rich histories of underground cities.

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The London Concealed utilises space below the city (Image: GETTY)

“What we demand to do is to start to explore not just the physical but the social interactions with those man uses as well.”

And Anna Powell-Smith, from the Centre for Public Facts, explained why the tunnel’s secrets are still being uncovered.

She said: “They were genuinely patriotic security secrets at some point.

“And then they were stagnant and simply have never been mapped by any public project because there was not in any degree seen to be any need for them to do so.”

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