Underground Base RAF Rudloe Manor

America’s Area 51 is not the only deep-underground facility to accommodate alleged alien technology programmes…

X-File 38: Deep Underground II – Britain’s Area 51

Extract from the book: ‘Cosmic Top Secret: The Unseen’ Agenda by Jon King

 America’s Area 51 is not the only Ultra Top Secret deep-underground facility to accommodate alleged alien/government genetics and technology programmes. Similar programmes are operating in Britain. This, at least, is the claim of those who work, or have worked, at Britain’s most highly secret deep-underground laboratories and R&D facilities. And to judge by the depth of evidence emerging, as well as the quality of many of the witnesses and whistleblowers, it is a claim that should not be brushed aside as mere fancy.







It has long been rumoured that Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire could be the primary site for a British deep-underground facility. Others are suspected at Aldermaston, Harwell, Porton Down, RAE Farnborough, RAF Woodbridge/Bentwaters, RAF Chicksands, Macrihanish, Brecon. The list goes on. But undoubtedly the most whispered-about facility is the alleged deep-underground complex simmering beneath Salisbury Plain.

Several former and still-serving military/defence personnel, as well as a number of civilians employed at military establishments, tend to agree that entrances to the Salisbury Plain facility are probably multiple. Without wishing to give away too many national secrets – which is not the purpose of this exercise – what used to be RAF Rudloe Manor near Corsham in Wiltshire, many say, hosted one of the primary entrances, although the site was officially decommissioned in 2001.

Formerly home to the Controller Defence Communications Network, as well as the Provost and Security Services (now stationed at RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire), the site has since been absorbed into the nearby Basil Hill Barracks complex, and it’s likely that access to the network of bunkers and tunnels that still exist beneath this site has been absorbed with it. And that, therefore, access to the Salisbury Plain deep-underground facility – of which the aforementioned ‘network of bunkers and tunnels’ form scarcely even the first layer – is still located here.

Documents uncovered as long ago as the 1970s (and others since) clearly reveal that RAF Rudloe Manor was not only one of Britain’s most highly top-secret military communications establishments, serving as it did as the nerve centre for nuclear missile deployment and military/intelligence communications relays, but it was also Britain’s primary contingency seat for Government in times of war and/or other national emergencies. It was known officially as the National Seat of Government (NSG).

But what is even more interesting so far as we are concerned is that for decades the Rudloe Manor complex, known in intelligence circles as ‘The Citadel’, housed the government’s primary data-gathering agency for the investigation of all anomalous aerial phenomena – i.e. UFOs – in Britain. Even GCHQ (Government Communications Head Quarters), Britain’s answer to America’s National Security Agency and certainly the nation’s most highly secretive listening post, links back to the central computer system still housed at Rudloe Manor’s CCC department, a top-secret underground MOD facility supporting the software maintenance of the UK’s nuclear deterrent programme: Trident.

According to several witnesses who came forward with information about this facility, somewhere beneath the CCC complex (which is itself already underground, remember) is another underground facility with access to the deep-underground facility-or ‘super-bunker’ – to which this file refers. Evidently this ‘super-bunker’ is accessed only by personnel with extremely high security clearances, and perhaps not surprisingly, none is permitted to even whisper about what goes on down there.

Read the Full Story in Jon King’s Cosmic Top Secret: The Unseen Agenda HERE


Area 3 - Burlington

The Burlington Bunker is located underneath Corsham / RAF Rudloe Manor

"Declassified Government files have revealed that during the years 1961-1965, Areas 10 and 13 of BURLINGTON were not just offices. They were the location of the NATO Civil Agencies protected wartime Headquarters - codename WELLBRIGHT. The agencies concerned were the Nato Oil Executive Board and the Defence Shipping Executive Board. The siting of WELLBRIGHT at BURLINGTON caused no end of diplomatic problems for the UK Government, as many Government officials were opposed to locating 'foreigners' (NATO Civil Agency representatives) in the UK Central Government wartime Headquarters. This embarrasing situation was nearly resolved by relocating WELLBRIGHT to a secure underground site in Wales, but for some unknown reason this plan was abandoned and the NATO HQ remained at BURLINGTON."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/wiltshire/content/articles/2005/11/22/underground_city_interactive_map_feature.shtml (comments section)

"In the early 1960's, the Cabinet Office gave the Rhydymwyn Tunnels the codename - WELLBRIGHT. At the time the Cabinet Office were in a bit of a quandary re providing host nation protected accommodation facilities for two NATO Agencies - the NATO Oil Executive Board (NOEB) and the Defence Shipping Executive Board (DSEB).

These were originally to have been located within Corsham Underground Site No 3 - (known at the time as BURLINGTON or TURNSTILE). Unfortunately, the presence within both NATO organisations of 'foreigners' (foreign representatives) caused a great security concern as the Corsham site was then considered to be one of the UK's most vital secrets and the risk of compromise would prejudice the deterrent.

This, coupled with the fact that, while the BURLINGTON complex wouldn't have been manned until nuclear attack was judged to be inevitable, the NATO Agencies War HQ were to have to be manned much earlier in a crisis, made Corsham an unsuitable site for the NATO Agencies.

The Cabinet Office were then forced to covertly seek a new wartime location for the NATO Agencies - hence their proposal to use the Rhydymwyn Tunnels. By 1967, the Cabinet Office had abandoned this proposal - some would say that their eye had turned to the former RSG building at Cambridge.

In the meantime, H.M. Treasury had also been busy during the early 1960's - seeking a suitable location for the emergency storage of part of the UK Gold Reserve, which would have been evacuated from London during the Transition To War.

After a long search they too found the Rhydymwyn Tnnels to be ideal for their purpose, and for a while the plan was to co-locate part of the Gold Reserve with the NATO Agencies within WELLBRIGHT. The relocation of the Gold Reserve (known as London Gold) went by the name of MALLARD until 1966, when it was realised that another 'MALLARD' existed (a UK/Australia comms system) and the codeword changed to FOLIUM.

By the mid-60's it was realised that the emergency evacuation of the London Gold was a non-starter, and proposals were made to permanently store the reserve in a purpose built site outside of London."




Secret NATO Command Bunker - Indymedia Exclusive

Phil Chamberlain (Ex-Bath Chronicle and Big Issue South West) | 11.11.2003 15:13

NATO Command Bunker Under Our Feet: A Bristol Indymedia Exclusive
To most of us it's just another chain link fence off the road from Bath to
Chippenham, but investigative journalist Duncan Campbell believes the
underground Corsham Computer Centre houses a top-secret and top-level NATO
command post. Recent anonymous reports by contract workers who have been
deep underground say a gigantic new U.S. computer system has just been
installed. And the Ministry of Defence press office still have the cheek to
deny that there are underground facilities in Corsham. So are the U.S.
Department of Defence and our MoD hiding from Al Quaeda... or from the
public who pay their wages? Phil Chamberlain takes a peep down this and
some of their other nearby multi-billion pound rabbit holes.

Story::: by Phil Chamberlain (Ex-Bath Chronicle and Big Issue South West)

For conspiracy theorists it is Britain's own Area 51. The American version
has become such a fixture on the cult circuit that there are burger bars
selling alien snacks and motels offering the best viewing points to see
America's secret aircraft take off and land. But Britain's secret base has
no such post-modernist trappings, just a few dedicated enthusiasts swapping
tit bits on the web and a typically humdrum Ministry of Defence location.

The warren of tunnels around Corsham and Box near Bath have been home to a
number of military bases since before the Second World War. Most utilised
the quarries which fed the stone that made the city famous and was exported
across the world. The mine workings link up in some cases with the military
bases and the whole network spreads for miles with entrances dotted around
the hills - some quote large and others no more than a rabbit hole in the

Stop off and have a drink at The Quarryman's Arms near Box and you will be
able to buy a map put together by University of Bath cavers which gives a
guide to the mine workings. Be warned though that it is easy to get lost
only yards from a tunnel entrance and much of the workings have not been
rendered safe.

For the military, the tunnel's position was far enough away from London not
to attract attention yet still only a few hours from the capital and with
good rail links and the Bristol port all within easy reach. Indeed the rail
links remain with rumours of secret sidings on the mainline route as it
passes through various tunnels connecting military gauges with the public

The tunnels were home to a number of stores, mostly ammunition, during the
last war. Local author Nick McCamley has charted the development of these
underground works in his book Secret Underground Cities. And cities is an
apt word.

The sites beneath the hills included an underground aircraft engine
factory, operated by the Bristol Aeroplane Company. It was home to 18,000
workers, covered three million square feet between Corsham and Box and
contained around 60 miles of subterranean tracks.

Another, the Central Ammunition Dump at Corsham was the biggest of its kind
in the country. One of the three parts of the CAD was actually nearer
Bradford on Avon, and based at Monkton Farleigh Quarry. The biggest
ammunition store in the world at the time, it covered 45 acres of
underground space and had a maximum capacity of 120,000 tons of ammunition.

Also making up the CAD was Tunnel Quarry, a 40 acre air-conditioned
ammunition store on the north side of the Box tunnel, while the third
quarry, Eastlays, occupied 30 acres near Gastard, south-east of Corsham.
The security of the sites can be gauged by the fact that many important
works of art were shipped there for safe-keeping during the war.

Go for a drink at the Cross Guns at Avoncliffe and look at the hill above.
During the war, inside that hill, sat the Crown Jewels, the Elgin Marbles
and various other treasures from London museums.

The military works provided employment for thousands of local people
before, during and after the war. Little was officially known about them
because, in that typically reserved British way, the sites were secret.
Local gossip certainly gave clues to the scale of the operations and many
people have their own urban myths about the tunnels. One is that all the
cellars under Bath's central Milsom Street link up and a direct route -
past the former Admiralty headquarters in the city - went straight to Box.

But apart from tall tales told in pubs the sites remained secure - a few
air vents and vehicle entrances the only outward sign of their existence.
There was a price to be paid for some of those workers who toiled
underground. Asbestos was used to line the walls of the undergrouns
offices. An inquest held in 1999 into the death of 81-year-old Ada Harding
from Corsham found she had died from a cancer caused by inhaling the deadly
fibres. Coroner's officer Douglas Hills told the inquest: 'The entire
complex was piped, the piping neing lagged with asbestos. Very large
quantities of blue asbestos sheeting were used.'

Mrs Harding's daughters both worked for the MoD in their underground
facilities. One, Carol Boon, said: 'People liked working underground and
they had all the facilities there. They really enjoyed it.'

One of the more astounding secrets the government kept hidden was that one
part of the network was identified as a Cold War government bolt hole in
case the bomb ever dropped.

Called Burlington, the bunker was equipped to house 5,000 people and had a
hospital, bakery and laundry. It replicated Whitehall down to a version of
the famous Red Lion pub which sits on the corner of Parliament Square in
London. That bunker was finally decommissioned in 1989 and various other
sections are gradually being sold off of retired.

Indeed a science park is planned for one above-ground section at Rudloe and
Spring Quarry is being turned into a film studio. Other parts are used as
warehouses for storing senstive items in the temperature-controlled vaults
by a private company. But parts of the rest of the site remain in
government hands. It is this part, and specifically the Corsham Computer
Centre (CCC) near the former RAF Rudloe Manor base, that has attracted
attention from conspiracy theory minded investigators.

On the one hand you have mainstream groups interested in mapping and
documenting the military history of Britain and they work with the tacit
approval of official agencies. Then there are the more esoteric groups
which believe much remains hidden and still active beneath the hills.

The RAF's involvement, it used to have signal facilities at Rudloe, has led
to suggestions that it was Britain's UFO headquarters and that the staff
based at Rudloe were on alien-watch.

Meanwhile investigative journalist Duncan Campbell paid a visit to the CCC
which be believes is a secretly-funded NATO nuclear command centre. Less a
base for friends from outer-space more your old-fashioned 'black' project -
built away from the prying eyes of Parliament and one of a number of Cold
War nerve centres.

Various enthusiasts have made life less humdrum for the military police at
the CCC by attempting to get into the base which is officially no more
interesting than its name.

Much of what remains underground is, pardon the pun, buried from official
scrutiny and since Campbell's original claims there has been little hard
evidence to show that anything too elaborate is going on. But then it took
decades before anyone found out about Burlington. And there are still
plenty of rumours being told at the pubs around these Wiltshire hills.

Phil Chamberlain (Ex-Bath Chronicle and Big Issue South West)



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Field Notes

The Corsham Computer Centre (CCC) along with RAF Rudloe Manor and the RAF Corsham, is centred around a range of sites, with ground facilities and installations giving access to subterranean spaces used for defense, communications, media and most recently data storage. CCC is by and large a communications facility for UK defence operations.

The underground sites are known through their varied historical functions and relationship to certain Home Defence Arrangements including Central Government War Headquarters - through the PYTHON concept.

These codewords, which are now in the public domain, were given to the Central Goverment War Headquarters (CGWHQ), located in Corsham Underground Site No. 3. They were used in the following order:








For more information please place a request to the Mike Kenner Archive

CCC, as it is labelled on signs leading from the town, is very easy to approach. However, there are significant and widespread surveillance cameras, and if you approach too closely, there is strong evidence to suggest you will be approached by security forces. Certain elements of the MOD base are heavily protected and others at CCC seem to simply look like civilian commercial arrangements. Often these spaces are also heavily securitised too however.

On our visit (April 09) there was significant construction on the site, and there have recently been stories running in national newspapers of Corshams new use as a data storage/ server centre. BBC also has a site dedicated to the former nuclear underground base, which is a very largely empty space which houses original cold-war kitchens, canteens, telecommunications hubs. However, with many conspiracy theories and rumour's around the site, it also seems that the war of words and mis-information are part of Corsham's identity, with speculation of the veracity of claims for its current use meeting constant and ongoing scrutiny by a large community attracted to its secret history.

Working with Mike Kenner, Office of Experiments has obtained significant historical and technical data on the site, layout and former functions of the subterranean space. A display of underground maps from Corsham and the FOIA letter which allowed this information to be made publicly available was shown in UCL Clositers, London Sept - Jan 09 as part of an Office of Experiments Display on Mike Kenner Archive - Corsham Section.

MORE HERE http://www.dark-places.org.uk/site/corsham-computer-centre




Apparently monitoring the internet? See HERE (Check out the WHOIS)



"capability utilising the Skynet 5 Constellation to provide increased service capacity for its UHF TacSat IWcapable radios. Ground Control Equipment and Network Planning Equipment offered to meet this requirementmust be capable of meeting the following standards:
a. Installed with MIL-STD-188-181C-182B-183B & 185 Waveforms;
b. Utilise the approved COMSEC Device Hybrid for digital Signal processing for IW support;
c. seamless inter-operability with pre-assigned US & NATO UHF Terminals" Etc Etc  HERE


Also - according to the UK Space Directory some current activities at Corsham may be gleaned from the equipment and services provided by Chemring Energetics UK to the site:


Chemring Energetics UK

CEUK provides equipment based on energetic materials (explosive, propellant) for the space, defence, security and commercial markets operating from three sites Ardeer, Ayrshire; Corsham, Wiltshire and Saetre, Norway The product portfolio comprises a wide range of energetic products and technologies including actuators, igniters, booster, severance cords and solid rocket motor propellants Chemring Nobel products are applied in the main as precursor charges, boosters, demolition charges, gun and rocket propellants, shock-tubes, detonating cords and perforator charges.


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CEUK provides equipment based on energetic materials (explosive, propellant) for the defence, security and commercial markets

CEUK operates from three sites, Ardeer, Ayrshire; Corsham, Wiltshire and Saetre, Norway.
The Ardeer site benefits from having an extensive footprint of circa 400 acres with a long-established explosive license approval and a proven history in the processing and storage of significant quantities of energetic materials. The site has a 300 tonne factory license with 200 tonne limit on storage. The explosive process areas are licensed for explosive quantities from 3kg to 1.5 tonnes.

There are Licensed Environmental Test facilities, at both Ardeer and Corsham, for activities such as combined vibration/temperature cycling for accelerated ageing, a range of conditioning chambers, centrifuges for various acceleration profiles, drop and impact and proof testing.

CEUK (Ardeer and Corsham) have CAD/CAM workstations with 3D solid modelling and direct output for rapid prototyping and manufacture. The CEUK Corsham site has a comprehensive in-house inspection capability with CMM and shadow graph equipment.

Chemring Nobel in Norway, situated 40km South of Oslo has a production buildings area of 6872m2 and a storage area of 2745m2 allowing storage of 250 tonnes of HE.

They are a qualified supplier for a wide range of weapon systems, ammunition as well as for commercial systems in the oil and gas industry. US, German and NATO military specification requirements are used as reference for most of the products offered.

In the defence arena, CEUK is a first- tier supplier to prime contractors, a well established supplier of energetic components to defence industry sub-contractors and a direct supplier to the UK MoD.

Unusually in today’s market, CEUK has retained and developed the skills base and facilities needed to undertake research, design/development, qualification, manufacture and through-life support of energetic materials, devices and systems.

The CEUK product portfolio has traditionally comprised a wide range of energetic products and technologies developed in-house to meet demanding customer and programme requirements. More recently to assist key customers maintain their supply chain for critical energetic components in a consolidating industry CEUK has developed a strong core competence in the safe, cost effective introduction of third party products and technologies into its manufacturing capabilities.

Chemring Nobel products are applied in the main as precursor charges, boosters, demolition charges, gun and rocket propellants, shock-tubes, detonating cords and perforator charges for both commercial and defence markets. All their explosives are exported as bulk materials from Norway.



Ardeer and Corsham


Rocket Motors


Propellant Materials


Canopy cutting charges


Linear Explosives

Energetic Plasticisers (e.g. Butyl-NENAs)

Cartridge Actuated Devices/

Propellant Actuated Devices (CAD/PADs)

Insensitive HE material

Fuze and safe/arm units


Flight termination systems


Pyro-mechanisms and actuators

Development of new products

Warheads and charges

Special production programmes

Primers and initiators

It is the policy of CEUK to design, procure, manufacture, qualify, test and deliver products that meet our customers’ real needs and expectations. CEUK do this by understanding their business, providing the most appropriate products, adopting a commitment to deliver products and services when we say we will and with a competitive lead time. CEUK will sell products and services at a price that represents value for money and provide support to  customers both before and after sale.


Engineering Discipline
Assembly Integration & Test
Robotics & Mechanisms
Mission Phase
Mission Segment
Launcher & Human flight
Services & Data Applications (operational and experimental)
Energy Generation
Space Science

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