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Burlington: The Central Government Emergency War Headquarters at Corsham [Hardcover]

Nick Catford
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Folly Books Ltd (30 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956440568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956440563
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 25.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars What lies beneath (the cover) 26 Aug 2013
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A quite exceptional insight into an extraordinary location. Nick Catford's photography is restrained and thought provoking, the book is produced to a high standard and for all those who wondered what our government was up to during the cold war and how it intended to survive - and where - this is the strange answer. Although the photography alone is worth the purchase price, finding that Nick McCamley had contributed to the book with an extensive historical overview is an added bonus. The book forms a virtual tour of the complex, which is surprisingly personal and intimate in view of the objects portrayed amongst the underground structure. Recomended for anyone who ever wondered how far we went as a country to prepare for a war that never came.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 18 May 2014
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Of the many books on Cold War plans & architecture that I have, this is right at the very top. A good narrative, supported by excellent pictures of the myriad features of this unique site. Worth every penny and I’m now buying the other books that Nick Catford has written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The DEFINATIVE book on the subject 15 Dec 2012
Just received this book today, so haven't really had a chance to read it completely yet. However, just flicking through this superb book reveals page after page of glorious pictures (almost all colour) of Burlington and its innards. This is a place that until quite recently was kept secret from us, now, this book provides us with a plethora of superb pictures.
Congratulations Nick on another superb book, if you like this, you will almost certainly like "Cold War Bunkers", which is also available here on Amazon.
So, summing up, Well researched, superbly written, magnificent pictures. Highly recommended, treat yourself, you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 28 Jan 2013
By Griff
Another excellent book that's come from Folly Books. I grew up close to these sites & was fortunate to see inside Monkton Farleigh mines & a small section of the site at Corsham. I've wanted to know more ever since. Nice to see even more photos in this book than you can find on the internet (at least from what I've seen anyway). Its a little wordy to start with but then springs into lots of lovely clear photos. A good buy if this is your kind of thing.
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