I''m pleased to advise that I have launched a new website its the same
address www.moorebooks.co.uk but with new software that should make it more
user friendly its taken a while to get it just right and would welcome any
comments regarding it
Nick Catfords Book Burlington will be available from Next Week and I'm
offering it as post free up until Christmas
*Burlington - The Central Government War Headquarters at Corsham - £24.99 -
*Nick Catford, HB ,224pp, 250 x250
(Folly Books description) For fifty years the bunker now known as
'Burlington' was the most secret place in Britain.
In the early 1950s it was felt that an alternative seat of government
should be available in case London become untenable in the event of a
nuclear war. In 1954 the scheme was approved and construction work began.
The bunker at Corsham in north-west Wiltshire would be the size of a small
town and accommodate over 4,000 ministers and civil servants including the
Prime Minister and War Cabinet, the Chiefs of Staff, the Ministry of
Defence and Joint Intelligence Committee as well as all the other military
and civil government departments such as the Air Ministry, Foreign Office,
Home Office and so on, required both to prosecute the war and oversee
post-attack civil reconstruction. It would have a power station, water
works, sewage works, a telephone exchange, ventilating systems, and
catering facilities allowing it to operate in a closed down condition for
up to ninety days.
The bunker had a number of code-names during its life time - Subterfuge,
Stockwell, Burlington, Turnstile, Chanticleer and Peripheral, but
'Burlington' is the name that it is remembered by.
This book tells the fascinating story of 'Burlington' from its inception in
the early 1950s until 2004 when the site was finally declassified. It is a
large-format volume and contains approximately 400 colour photographs, maps
and plans accompanied by comprehensive captions and an authoritative text.
Nick Catford was granted unprecedented access to this highly sensitive site
in order to compile the collection of images reproduced in this book.
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