Underground bunker mystifies archeologists

Underground bunker mystifies archeologists

Underground bunker mystifies archeologists

First published in News

AN UNDERGROUND chamber has been discovered by archeologists in Colchester.

Contractors working in the grounds of Abbey House, at the junction of Flagstaff Road and St John’s Green, found the entrance to the forgotten bunker and cut in to the walls.

Experts were called in to take measurements and photos.

The size of the chamber suggests it was built as an underground base during the Cold War crises and was bricked up and forgotten afterwards.

But German writing has been discovered on the walls.

Chris Lister, Colchester Archeological Trust archeologist, said it was unlikely to be a Second World War air raid shelter as it was too small.

He said: “It probably dates to the Cold War/nuclear crisis era after World War Two and it was probably a crisis command and control bunker for the garrison commanders.”

Don Shimmin, trust archeologist, said they were baffled by the German graffiti.

He said: “There was obviously some shenanigans going on there.

“It throws up the slight possibility that German prisoners of war could have gone down there which would mean it is Second World War after all.

“My instincts are that it is from the Cold War but where the German writing has come from I don’t know.”

Abbey House is being redeveloped and transformed into new housing by Lexden Restoration and Development.

Mr Shimmin said he hoped Army archives could tell the trust what the bunker was used for and more about the mystery of the German writing.

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5:47pm Thu 15 Aug 13

tomtheDJ says...

.a good story that could be stretched out a bit.
there are still unfound cold war era "bunkers" dotted around our country, some in most unusual places.
one only has to search subterranean Internet sites to realise the extent of the known bunkers.

I hope there are updates on this story.
.a good story that could be stretched out a bit. there are still unfound cold war era "bunkers" dotted around our country, some in most unusual places. one only has to search subterranean Internet sites to realise the extent of the known bunkers. I hope there are updates on this story. tomtheDJ
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4:30pm Fri 16 Aug 13

catflap1 says...

its not a bunker or a secret command centre unless its for the famous Colchester midget army. look at the size of the scale rod in the photo .

its the hot water heating duct/ service duct that ran around the site
its not a bunker or a secret command centre unless its for the famous Colchester midget army. look at the size of the scale rod in the photo . its the hot water heating duct/ service duct that ran around the site catflap1
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11:57pm Fri 16 Aug 13

Hamiltonandy says...

Very interesting to see the war time shelters to back gardens. I have seen three locally and each one was different in size and materials. All quite roomy and still dry. Perhaps they should be listed to protect them for future generations.
Very interesting to see the war time shelters to back gardens. I have seen three locally and each one was different in size and materials. All quite roomy and still dry. Perhaps they should be listed to protect them for future generations. Hamiltonandy
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2:59pm Sat 17 Aug 13

stevedawson says...

definitely roman what?
definitely roman what? stevedawson
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