TheBinMan (29th January 2014)
Link: Birmingham's Hidden Spaces: Anchor Exchange BT tunnels shrouded in secrecy - Birmingham Post
From the image gallery:Approximately 35 metres beneath the streets of Birmingham lays the remnants of a 1950s hardened telephone exchange, designed to house emergency regional government and sustain Britain’s telecommunications network following a nuclear attack.Code-named Anchor after Birmingham’s jewellery hallmark, it remains as a largely unknown and forgotten part of the city’s Cold War heritage.
Shrouded in mystery, for public safety, the subterranean nuclear bunker stretches out beneath the city, with tunnels extending from the Jewellery Quarter to Southside and far beyond. There are a number of entrances to the tunnels across the city, but these are still kept secret and are securely sealed for the foreseeable future...
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TheBinMan (29th January 2014)
So someone finally got into Anchor! (recently anyway)
Would be very interesting to get down there... camp out in a blue jumpsuit with a makeshift Pip-Boy and wait for a BT engineer's confusion
EDIT: also, I wonder if that photo of the BT Tower is just a photo of the BT Tower or a hint that the entrance is somewhere on Lionel Street... (yeah, I know, probably within the grounds of the BT Tower!)
Last edited by LosOjos; 29th January 2014 at 04:10 PM.
Just found out I lived all my life right next to the Bm/C (Selly Oak) satellite substation... never even knew!
Apparently my dad has been down there as a bt engineer/manager... will enquire
I want to go down there!! I was on about this the other day.
Well I've already decided everyone needs to move to Birmingham. I'd be a lot happier then.
I'm near by, if anyone can arrange access to this place I'm in!
I worked in Anchor for 2 weeks while doing my apprenticeship with BT in the early 80s. We were only allowed in the 3 main tunnels which housed the telephone exchange . Apparently there were other tunnels below the exchange but they weren't accessible.
I remember hundreds of giant cables all over the place and was shown the main tunnel were most of them came into Brum. The tunnel stretched from Hockley to the old cinema on Bristol street (now mac d's).
The entrance was via one of the BT buildings on Newhall St., on the same side as the old science museum.
Never really thought too much about it at the time as I was straight out of school into a BT apprenticeship. I'd love to go back there and really explore it.
Anyway - that's my claim to fame!
Here's the Manchester Guardian one:
Cold-War History in Manchester
and the last unofficial access before it was really locked down:
Raid on tunnel network sparked big terror alert - Manchester Evening News
There is just loads of hidden underground stuff in Manchester. I was lucky to see some of it in the glory days of urbex before it became mainstream, but I wonder how much is undocumented.
CHR1S (30th January 2014)
Wow! would love to have a play down there :-)
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