UrbanSickness UK Urban Exploration
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Asylums + Hospitals -

Bangor Hospital   Cane Hill   Cane Hill Demolition   Central Middlesex Hospital   Cherry Knowles  Denbigh  Deva  Fairmile Hospital   Graylingwell Asylum  Harperbury Hospital  Hellingly  High Royds   Holywell  King Edward VII   Lancaster Moor   Leybourne Grange 
Lincoln General   Severalls   St Clements   St Georges   St Marys   UCL Middlesex   West Park   West Middlesex Hospital
Whittingham Hospital  Worcester Royal Infirmary  Yardley Green 

Military -

Anstruther Rotor Bunker Crowborough GCHQ + Aspidistra  Dover   Drakelow RSG/RGHQ Farleigh Down Tunnel   Fort Burgoyne Fort Paull   Goosnargh Bunker  Lansdown No.12 Group HQ  Kelvedon Hatch  Llanberis Ammunition Store  Longcross Barracks  Maidstone No.1 Group HQ  Monkton Farleigh  North Weald Mobilisation Centre  RAF Chilmark  RAF Holmpton  RAF Newton  
RAF Wartling  ROC Posts   Royal Military Academy   Wentworth Command Bunker

Industrial -

Battersea Power Station  Chinnor Cement Works   Fletchers Paper Mill  Ford Dagenham  Horton Kirby Paper Mill
HP Sauce Factory  NGTE Pyestock  Shipton Cement Works  SLP Engineering  Tolly Cobbald Brewery

Underground -

Browns Folly  Box freestone Quarry  Carshalton Air Raid Shelter  Eastry Chalk Mine  Epsom Road Deep Shelter  Hever Caves  Monks Quarry  Paris Catacombs  Paris Catacombs - 4 Day Visit  Ramsgate Tunnels  Ridge Quarry   Shorts Factory 
Swan Quarry (Kingsdown)  Westwood Quarry 

Other -

BIBRA Laboratory  Big Brother House  Chichester Emergency Bunker   Crawley Borough Emergency Bunker   Drapers Tower   Duke of Lancaster   Firbeck Hall   Lincoln Conservative Club  Pleasureland 
Silverlands  St Josephs Seminary   St Pancras Station  Tank testing Facility  Ushaw Seminary 

Drakelow RGHQ and Rover Shadow Factory

Visited November 2010



The Drakelow tunnels were completed in November 1942 and were used as a Shadow Factory for the production of Rover's Aero Engines should the main factory be bombed. Unlike other Ministry of Defence underground complex's which make use of existing quarry, Drakelow tunnels were dug specificly.
In the 1960's as the Cold War and threat of nuclear bombs increased part of the complex was upgraded and refurbished to become a Regional Seat of Goverment . THe rest of the tunnels were sealed up except for the use of emergency exits.
In the 1980's the RSG was upgraded again and became a Regional Government Headquarters.
The site was decommisioned and sold in 1993.
The site still contains remnants of the shadow factory including the original kitchen and canteen, aswell as the upgraded RSG canteen, BBC Studio, decontamination shower, blast doors back up generator and ventilation.

The Drakelow tunnels are not open to the public and are in Private use.

Kitchen from Rover Shadow Factory Drakelow Drakelow Shadow Factory TunnelsRemnants of Drakelow RSG

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