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    Arrow North Weald Redoubt - Sep '11


    Apparently this has been reported “Everywhere” before so I won’t go into too much depth on the history…

    It was built in Victorian times as a large armoury just safely outside of London. It stored a massive amount of guns, ammo, and no doubt men with moustaches.

    When the first World war came around, moustaches had gotten shorter, and the armoury had been upgraded, and more heavily fortified.



    By the time the second world war came round, we’d all shaved our toothbrush moustaches off because they were considered a bit bad taste. Oh, and the fort became even more fortified, and nearly a hundreed soldiers were based up on the fort to guard it against a land invasion.



    A full and accurate history was been done by the boys and girls at SubBrit here:
    http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/s...re/index.shtml

    …Although they don’t mention moustaches at all.

    It’s methodically designed, in a ‘U’ shape, built into the hillside. With a blast bank in front of it. It something went off it wouldn’t all go up. It was also divided into loads of tiny ‘cells’ to prevent a chain explosion.








    Stop looking at my nuts….




    A jaunt up the hill side reveals yet another similar structure, it’s tunnels, and concrete labrinthes stretching deep into the hill side.


    Tiny rooms shoot off in every direction, some traces of their original purpose remain.


    In near complete darkness, and absolute silence, occasionally pools of light stream in through ventilation shafts.



    Most of the outer portions that are lit are covered in various qualities of graffiti:


    The site also had a presence from radio giant Marconi, as early as the 1920’s. Their buildings are near the public edge of the site: and are completely trashed. A couple of original relics remain:





    It’s sad but they are so beyond repair and stripped of their past, it’s almost the graffiti which makes them so photographic.







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    This was a really good explore.

    Nicely written up UrbanX.

    Just a few shots I took:

















    Big thanks to Mad Axe for the tour :)

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    Wow! Your shots are epic Em! You should be well proud of that set!
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    Nice job to the both of you but only one turret you guys are slacking :)

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    Nice stuff guys, love the redoubt :) Speak soon
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    Glad you enjoyed your visit, its really gone down hill in the last few years.

    Is the wrecked car still there?

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    blimey that looks dry, every time I have been its had at least a foot of water in it, did you spot the area of roof on the collapse, the centre section has subsided and the roof has buckeled.

    its only taken a few years to get in that state, shame really.

    in the adjacent field are the concrete stays for the large masts wich were once part of the radio station.

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    Oooo... nice. I like the Hoover Moustache-o-matic trimming machine pic but which room was the moustachery?

    :p :) Interesting explore chaps!
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    Excellent post! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFerret View Post
    Glad you enjoyed your visit, its really gone down hill in the last few years.

    Is the wrecked car still there?
    Yeah we saw the car. Just can't work out how it got there in the 1st place though!!

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