Inside an £18,000 Cold War bunker in Yorkshire with no water, gas or electricity
A Cold War bunker in a field in Yorkshire is up for sale.
The former Royal Observation Corps bunker off New Road, Badsworth, near Pontefract, is going under the hammer with a guide price of £18,000. During the Cold War, the observation station was staffed by ROC volunteers whose job it was to spot enemy aircraft flying over Britain.
The train station, according to the estate agent Brun & Co.did not have a telephone but was linked to UKWMO headquarters and other UKWMO posts in the same ‘cluster’.
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ROC volunteers would open the surface hatch, visible from New Road, open the hatch and descend six meters (20 ft) into the subterranean chamber. The main chamber, measuring 4.55m by 2.24m and 2.13m, would house the volunteers, their instruments and the welfare facilities.
The chamber also contained a warning receiver to receive instructions on when to sound the manual siren or fire the brown, a warning flare which produced a loud bang and a large flash. There was also a chemical toilet in an adjacent room, measuring 1.08m by 0.83m, but the toilet has since been removed.
“Conditions were very primitive, there was no running water, gas or electricity,” the listing reads.
It’s not comfortable, but it’s an unusual piece of history you could own. The bunker, which includes a 16m by 14m lot and vehicle access, will be auctioned online on July 21.