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    Holmpton also had an air to ground range on the coast and an air to air range just off the coast.

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    Heritage Open day at Holmpton , 10 September 2010 ;

    This year in conjunction with English Heritage
    (HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 2010) RAF Holmpton will be
    holding a special FREE visit on the morning of
    Friday 10th September - Gates 10.30am
    Visit 11am ending about 1pm.

    Our very special guest this year is Professor Nigel
    Butterworth, who was the Government's Chief Advisor
    (Emergency Planning) during the 1980's.
    Professor Butterworth was the
    person directly responsible for a huge number of
    Bunker Rebuilds and Refurbishments. Including the
    improvement of most of the ROC Group Controls, the
    building of some new RGHQ's at Chilmark, Cultybraggan
    and Crowborough, and the refurbishment of Hack Green,
    Skendleby and other sites.

    He was also responsible for the major builds and rebuilds
    at Naphill, Daws Hill, RAF Holmpton etc.

    The professor will be giving an illustrated talk (film & slides)
    and there will also be a walk through parts of RAF Holmpton
    which have never been open/seen before by visitors.

    Places are very limited and to obtain tickets go to
    then click on the Special Events Page and use the email link there.

    Steve Lewis
    RAF Holmpton

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    This email arrived yesterday via Nick Catford / Subbrit

    Due to a major failure of the ventilation system at Holmpton, the bunker will be closed for the rest of 2012 while repairs and/or replacement are made. The main intake motor has blown (this is original). It weighs 2 tons and is probably beyond economic repair.

    James Fox would like to apologise for any disappointment.

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    I used to visit RAF Patrington while I was based at North Luffenham during the period, roughly, 1972 to 1974.

    It was not a place we looked forward to visiting.

    I used to service the Ottringham TACAN beacon which used to be just off the main road from Keyingham to Ottringham. Both it and the ROC post on the other side of the road have now disappeared without trace.

    On occasion we used to have to visit the RAF Patrington domestic/technical site in the village of Patrington (now a caravan/leisure site) either to refuel or to kip in the transit accommodation (transit accommodation was generally poor, Patrington's was particularly bad). Both of these required a visit to the Guardroom to book in and out and invariably the Station Warrant Officer would catch us for some dress or hair infraction.

    I never visited the hole which is now RAF Holmpton back then, but did visit last year.

    Here are some photos

    the "bungalow" entrance to the bunker
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    A view over the top of the bunker from the car park
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    Looking down the long corridor from the bungalow
    Oct11 274a.jpg

    The main plotting table
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    The medical centre
    Oct11 313a.jpg

    The "Laptops"
    Oct11 308a.jpg

    RAF Patrington station crest
    Oct11 322a.jpg

    click on the tthimnails for larger versions
    I have more photos if anyone is interested

    Well worth a visit when it is open (unless you are claustrophobic)


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    Great to see these Kevin, not seen the inside of this place before but it looks like an amazing place to visit. It is on my to do list. Maybe next year!

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    A few from my old collection taken just before its closure. Notice the drum of cable awaiting to be installed.

    A rare snapshot of the modulator building

    And another.

    More when I find them!
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    Default Re: RAF Patrington / Holmpton - 2014 Open Day

    Taken from a Subbrit circular , the HOD is on Saturday 13 September ;

    As part of Heritage Open Days 2014 the R3 ROTOR bunker at RAF Holmpton will
    be open at 10am with FREE admission to everyone. Visitors will be free to
    explore all areas on their own without sounds or videos or guides. Walk
    round at your leisure and take as many pictures as you like.

    As it's also the 20th anniversary of Heritage Days UK RAF Holmpton are also
    offering the chance to meet up with some of the last members of the actual
    ROC team that were stationed at RAF Holmpton until 1995 manning the NBC.
    They will be on hand to meet and answer questions between 10am and 12.30pm. There will also be demonstrations
    of the WB1400 and WB400 systems along with the warning sirens.

    The AC plant room and emergency exit tunnel will not be open to the public
    but if any SB members want to visit these areas all they need to do is speak
    to James Fox, mention that they are SB members, and they will be given

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    Default Holmpton - under new ownership

    This was posted on the Subbrit forum on Monday , 8 December and may be of interest ;

    Just thought you might like to know that we completed the purchase of
    the former RAF Holmpton from the MOD today at 12.45pm

    Full details are up on our website at
    PAGES:- Tour Opening Times - RAF Holmpton 2014 - News Page.

    Any members wishing to visit and see the bunker 'AS IT IS' should come
    along this Saturday the 13th or our last day of the 2014 season
    Saturday 20th.

    We will then be closing throughout the whole of 2015 to carry out a total
    refurbishment of the entire site to bring a TOTALLY NEW VISITOR EXPERIENCE
    for the future. With new artefacts - More original equipment - Working exhibits -
    New areas never before seen - And much better Unrestricted Access allowing
    greater photo opportunities and plenty of Visitor Time.

    Due to the terms of our old lease we were under some restrictions as to how we could operate
    in the past, but with these no longer applying we have great plans for the future to
    take the former RAF Holmpton to the next level.

    Special Previews will be available for 2016 and I will provide you with details when they
    are available.

    Best wishes
    James Fox

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    Default Re: RAF Patrington / Holmpton - closed in 2015 !

    The 'bunker' is to remain closed this year and will re-open on the 23 March 2016 . Some details here ;

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerousdave View Post
    Just thought I'd let you guys know I am off to Holmpton this weekend. It's a big underground nuclear bunker in Humberside. It's also a museum, quite interesting if you want to look at it. It only closed it the 80's.
    I'll try to get some normal pics up of it next week if I can.
    Hi There, you will enjoy your visit.
    I lived for many years in Patrington, I was a retained fireman and we visited the bunker at Holmpton for fire safety purposes.
    At that time it was still in the hands of the M.O.D. I was surprised how big it was underground, and it was immaculately clean.
    The entrance or gatehouse looks like an ordinary bungalow.

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