Cold War Nuclear Bomb Stores in Barnham

A few days ago, my friend Andy Jones invited me to visit a abandoned cold war nuclear bomb stores. The place was located in Barnham, near Thetford. I went there with Arleta. When we arrived,  we met our friends Dibs with daughter , Henry, Nigel, Ben and of course Andy. I did not know all other people  at all 🙂

It was the first time when I was visiting place like that with a owner permission 🙂 I always do is in slightly different way 😛

Anyway, the land was abandoned in late 50’s. In 1966 our host bought it from Ministry of Defence. He paid £20k which today could be worth about £300k which made that day the price very good for so big piece of land 🙂 After a while he started growing… mushrooms 🙂

Nowadays he tries to recover the atomic storage place to look like in 50’s. He already renewed a few watch towers and sheds.

The funny thing is that all the atomic heads were kept separately. What was the reason? The warheads were kept separately to protect them from accidental detonation (if a lightning strike hit the building they were in they were likely to go off) so keeping them in one place may have set them all off.

They were 1 metre in length approximately so you could grab the handle and lift it out. Any deeper you risk dropping it down then hole again and damaging it. If they were just on the ground they would emit radiation at ground level in all directions. If you had 66 of them, in in each hut, it would make it very hard to walk about the site safely as your legs would get irradiated.

I do not know all details about making this event by Andy, but I know that our host was happy to give us a tour through the site because we left for him a lot of signatures in his guestbook so, as he said, he will be able to talk to the lottery foundation to get some grants to improve the site.

Below I present a few pictures from our trip. On page 2nd and 3rd you can also view a panoramas 🙂

2014.03.15 - RAF Barnham - HDR-02NIKON D600 (14mm, f/6.3, 1/80 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.15 - RAF Barnham - HDR-03NIKON D600 (24mm, f/9, 1/100 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.15 - RAF Barnham - HDR-04NIKON D600 (24mm, f/9, 1/100 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.15 - RAF Barnham - HDR-05NIKON D600 (14mm, f/6.3, 1/100 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.15 - RAF Barnham - HDR-06NIKON D600 (14mm, f/6.3, 1/50 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.15 - RAF Barnham - HDR-07NIKON D600 (14mm, f/6.3, 1/50 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.15 - RAF Barnham - 01NIKON D600 (14mm, f/9, 1/20 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.15 - RAF Barnham - 02NIKON D600 (14mm, f/9, 1/125 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.15 - RAF Barnham - 05NIKON D600 (14mm, f/9, 1/125 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.15 - RAF Barnham - 16NIKON D600 (14mm, f/4, 1.6 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.15 - RAF Barnham - 17NIKON D600 (24mm, f/9, 1/80 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.15 - RAF Barnham - 18NIKON D600 (14mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.15 - RAF Barnham - 19NIKON D600 (14mm, f/7.1, 1/320 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.15 - RAF Barnham - 20NIKON D600 (14mm, f/7.1, 1/400 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.15 - RAF Barnham - 21NIKON D600 (14mm, f/6.3, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
2014-03-15 RAF Barnham - hdr-02NIKON D7000 (24mm, f/13, 1/20 sec, ISO100)
2014-03-15 RAF Barnham - hdr-05NIKON D7000 (24mm, f/13, 1/15 sec, ISO100)
2014-03-15 RAF Barnham - hdr-06NIKON D7000 (42mm, f/7.1, 1/40 sec, ISO100)
2014-03-15 RAF Barnham - hdr-08NIKON D7000 (24mm, f/7.1, 1/25 sec, ISO100)
2014-03-15 RAF Barnham - hdr-14NIKON D7000 (24mm, f/7.1, 1/20 sec, ISO100)

 

Last three pictures have been taken by Dibs:03 02 05

 

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