MINES & BUNKERS - MONKTON FARLEIGH
The area under and between Monkton Farleigh and Box is riddled with quarries, mines and bunkers. You cannot safely gain access to this subterranean world, but spotting evidence of them above ground can be just as fun. The Farleigh Down Tunnel runs for roughly a mile linking a former ammunition depot with the mainland railway. A conveyor belt ran the full length of the tunnel transporting shells into and out of the mines.
The nearby Box mine was a limestone quarry until 1970, although it was taken over by the MOD in the early 20th Century and used as a giant air intake for the underground bunker next door, Burlington.
The Burlington bunker, which lies beneath the village of Corsham, is the UK’s biggest underground complex and was conceived in the 1950’s as the emergency government relocation site in the event of nuclear war. Burlington was fit to house 4,000 ministers and civil servants and included facilities such as a medical centre with examination rooms, a dental surgery, a bakery and alaunderette. Though it was never used, it remains one of the MODs best kept secrets and no member of the public has ever been inside.