Churchill’s Spare Secret Bunker

When you’re facing World War II it’s wise to have a secret bunker to retreat to in times of National Emergency. But what if that got bombed or discovered? Better have a spare just in case… Winston Churchill’s spare secret bunker was Paddock Wood, in a part of Dollis Hill in North London so obscure…

Growing Underground

Back in the 1930s they had foresight. London’s population was expanding and capacity was severely limited by surface area for the future. The city’s great and good planned for the future. They just didn’t know which future. The boffins had a great idea. Why not build an express line, a sort of ‘cross-rail’ affair, parallel…

Battle of Britain Bunker

A brand-new housing estate.  Fake-cobble driveways, spindly, just-planted shrubs and shiny front doors. It could be anywhere, save for a curious, battered, facing-the-wrong-way metal sign attached too high up a lamp post. Battle of Britain Bunker. Eh? The Battle of Britain had a bunker? In Uxbridge? Apparently so. Fighter Command No.11’s Group Operations Room was…

Mail Rail

Who wouldn’t want to ride on a secret underground railway? Over the years I’ve spent some energy trying to get underneath the giant Post Office at Mount Pleasant to see the fabled ‘Mail Rail’; next year anyone will be able to take a ride on it in return for money. The London Post Office Railway was operational…