*Friday 29th September
Back by popular demand! It’s been two years since our last visit to Drakelow Tunnels- so we are excited to be returning!
A night at Drakelow Tunnels is certainly not for the faint hearted….
These labyrinth of tunnels are pitch black, cold & disorientating….. but offer one of the most frightening locations in the UK!!!!
A brief History
Drakelow Tunnels are a mass of underground tunnels covering over 250,000 sq ft and have a total length of 3.5 miles – to 4 miles.
They have a very interesting past and are a historical monument to the military history of the United Kingdom.
Drakelow Tunnels were originally built during World War ll as a protected shadow factory for the manufacture of Hercules, Mercury and Pegasus engines by Rover,the car company who were at the time manufacturing the aero engines for Bristol Aeroplane Company.
It was designed and built in case other rover factory’s with common known locations were destroyed by enemy bombs.
Construction was started in July of 1941 using a blasting technique into the sandstone, then gangs of men with air powered chisels formed the final shape of the tunnels and galleries.
Rover moved into the tunnels in November of 1942.
Accommodation was provided with a social club, canteen and sick bay and married quarters being provided nearby.
83,000 sq. ft of of the total 284, 931 sq. ft of the entire site was given over to storage by the RAF (Royal Air Force) , who stored a multitude of airplane spares in the tunnels. The rest of the floor space was for manufacturing by Rover, who had between 500 to 700 employees working in the underground site.
Rover continued to manufacture engines and spares at Drakelow well into February of 1946, before production finally ceased due to the location being publicly revealed By a committee of 100 protesters against the war.
The Cold War
During the Cold War in the 1950’s and 60’s the government set about creating a network of civil defense regions with protected accommodation to enable the government to continue to function, and to maintain essential supplies and services in the aftermath of a nuclear strike by the Soviets.
Drakelow was ideally suited to convert from storage and manufacture to a protected nuclear bunker and to serve as the Regional Seat of Government (RSG) for civil defense. The conversion of the Drakelow site into RSG was completed by May of 1961. The site was designed to hold approx 350 in doormetries and were only for people representing the main departments of government. These included the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Housing, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Ministry of Works, Ministry of Aviation, The National board of Assistance, The Board of Trade, The Regional Hospital Board, The Fire Service, The Police and the Post Office.
The whole site would have been under the command of a Regional Commissioner, with assistance from two deputy commissioners.
There was also representation from the Army, Navy and Air Force purely to act as liaisons with Military Controls.
A BBC Studio was also provided to enable broadcasts to be made to the wider population .
The site was greatly modernized in the early 1980s, only a small portion of the site was designated for use. New blast doors were fitted in place of the previous wooden factory doors and the majority interior of the site was refurbished.
In 1993 Drakelow tunnels were sold to a privet buyer.
During the construction of Drakelow Tunnels there were 6 rumored deaths as a result of a roof collapse, an impact with a truck and 2 men apparently died while riding the conveyors.
Their traumatic & tragic deaths are believed to account for most of the activity in tunnels 1 to 4 and legend has it that their names were carved into the sandstone by colleagues in the spot on which they died.
There have been many reports of experiences and activity over the years by visitors and recent workers inside the tunnels.
One of the most common felt spirits is a mischievous male who is known to pull hair, move objects, touch people, throw things and has been experienced throughout most of the tunnels.
On a few occasions wartime music has also been heard playing over the tannoy system, even though the site has been without electricity for years!
Your paranormal investigation at Drakelow Tunnels will include:-
*Vigils & seances in groups
*Ouija board (optional), glass divination, table tipping
*Full use of equipment including K2 meters, spirit boxes, hand-held temperature thermometers, pendulums
*Medium throughout the night
*Debriefing session at the end.
*Free refreshments (this will only be cold beverages- see below).
PLEASE NOTE- TORCHES WILL BE NEEDED BY EVERYBODY SO PLEASE BRING THEM WITH YOU AS THERE IS NO ELECTRICITY AT THIS LOCATION. THE TUNNELS ARE COLD SO IT IMPERATIVE TO WEAR WARM CLOTHING. IT IS ALSO ADVISABLE TO BRING A FLASK.