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Wilson Planned To Survive Nuclear War At Corsham

More light has been thrown on how Britain would have been run from a bunker under Corsham if the Cold War had turned hot and nuclear weapons had been launched by the Soviet Union and Nato. Top secret documents from 1975 show that Harold Wilson, the Labour Prime Minister from the mid-1960s to the early \'70s, his cabinet and top civil servants would have been whisked to the safety of the Burlington Bunker, while civilians would have been left to fend for themselves. The information is contained in Cabinet Papers released by the National Archives, formerly the Public Record Office. Until recently the Government refused to even admit to the existence of the 240-acre bunker, which is located 120ft underground as part of the Spring Quarry complex under Box Hill.It was designed in the 1950s to accommodate 4,000 civil servants and top politicians and even had its own pub,broadcasting studio,reservoir, massive stocks of food, a telephone exchange, offices, dormitories, bakeries, dentist\'s, surgery and a laundry. Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher shelved plans to use the bunker in 1989 and it was finally decommissioned last year, with information about it being made officially public. Built in a former stone mine, it was strengthened at the height of the Cold War in the 1950s and 1960s to create a radiation-proof stronghold, from which the British elite hoped to rebuild the country after a feared Soviet nuclear strike.