THE WENTWORTH BUNKER
Wentworth is a private estate between Sunningdale and 'Virginia Water, consisting of large isolated houses in extensive grounds surrounding a world class golf course. The original Wentworth House survives as the clubhouse. Peter Laurie in ‘Beneath the City Streets’ lists Wentworth as 'the site of one of several alternative D-
The bunker is to the south of the house, and consists of twin segmental cast iron tubes (evidently taken from London Transport stock) about 100mt long, separated by a smaller diameter access tunnel, which connects via ramps and stairs at one end directly into the clubhouse, and at the other to an isolated escape exit. The whole is protected on the surface by a massive bomb-
Plan, section and site plan of Wentworth bunker
Wentworth was commandeered on the outbreak of war, becoming a military encampment, and from files in the Public Record Office it is evident that the bunker was constructed in anticipation of a devastating bombardment and resulting evacuation of London. A series of refuges at increasing distances are referred to as being constructed 'to the west' and indeed its layout is identical to that proposed for the combined government/services deep bunker down the length of Whitehall which in the event was never built -
As can be seen from the plan, the orientation virtually due east/west of the bunker seems to make for a very awkward connection to the house -
The bunker is in very good condition, albeit with all suspended floors, built in furniture and cabling removed, and the clubhouse have recently unsealed their access to it and allowed the local press to visit.
The entrance ramp
The entrance tunnel
The central tunnel -
An office off the central tunnel, door end. Notice the ventilation duct in the floor with a riser behind the partition to a high level vent.
An office off the central tunnel, opposite end, with message hatch and scars of fitted desks
Copyright Roger J Morgan 1988