Record Details

NHER Number:36959
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cold War nuclear bunker


The nuclear bunker here was built during the early 1980s by a private individual. It was constructed following guidelines issued by the government and has concrete walls and a steel, concrete, polythene and bitumen roof. It retains its original internal features and fittings, including a spa bath. This site is recorded to have been constructed on the site of an earlier World War Two site.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 1742 1387
Map Sheet:TG11SE

Full description

Garden of 'Wildwood', 73a Fakenham Road.
Formerly part of NHER 7850.
Early 1980s private nuclear bunker.
See papers in file.
D. Gurney (NLA) 21 February 2002.

Walls of concrete blocks with reinforcing rods. Roof of steel mesh, steel girders, rods, concrete, polythene and bitumen.
Measures about 9m by 3m, covered with about 2.4m of soil.
Retains original features and fittings, including spa bath.
Built following guidelines issued by the government in 1970s/early 1980s.
See (S1) and (S2).
D. Robertson (NLA) 7 November 2005.

November 2009.
Grid reference corrected. Was TG 1745 1367.
D. Gurney (NLA), 26 November 2009.

26 November 2009.
Designation proposal submitted to English Heritage.
D. Gurney (NLA), 7 December 2009.

The central grid reference for this site has been altered from TG 17427 13879 to TG 1744 1389.

September 2010. Norfolk NMP.
The site of a probable World War Two underground structure may be visible on aerial photographs (S3-S4) near the site of the later Cold War bunker. Press cuttings for the bunker (S1-S2) indicate that the structure was originally a World War Two site that was amended in the 1980s. It is therefore possible that the area of hard standing, a polygonal roofed structure and the edge of a possible semi-sunken structure that are just visible within the tree-line relate to the original World War Two structure. However it must be noted that there is a discrepancy between the location of these structures at TG 1746 1390 and the recorded location of the bunker at TG 1742 1387.
S. Horlock (NMP), 01 September 2010.

November 2010. Listing decision.
The bunker was not considered for listed building status as it was less than 30 years old and was not under threat as it has been carefully maintained by the current owner. It was deemed to be of local interest and as such could be included on a local list.
See (S3).
S. Howard (HES), 25 October 2011.

February 2014. Resubmitted for designation.
D. Gurney (HES), 17 February 2014.

2 May 2014. Designation visit by English Heritage.
Position of bunker plotted more accurately.
D. Gurney (HES), 6 May 2014.

Monument Types

  • MILITARY SITE (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD?)
  • UNDERGROUND STRUCTURE? (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • NUCLEAR BUNKER (Cold War - 1945 AD to 1992 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1999. Eastern Daily Press. 21 January 1999.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 14 Mar 2002. 14 March 2002.
<S3>Scheduling record: Roberts, G. (EH). 2010. Nuclear bunker, Taverham, Broadland, Norfolk.. 170000.

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