Underground doomsday nuclear bunker hidden in UK countryside on sale for £70,000

A plot of land hidden in the UK countryside home to a nuclear doomsday bunker is on sale for £70,000.

Observer Post Field is located in Whitwell, Bolsover, Derbyshire, and would appear to the naked eye to be a bog-standard farmer's field used by its current owner to grow crops.

It is made up of two different lots. The first, spanning approximately 21.55 acres and valued at £280,000, is where the owner has kept his crops in recent years, reports DerbyshireLive.

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The second lot is worth £70,000, bringing the total price of the farmland to £350,000. That portion comprises a 4.61 acre section that includes the Cold War shelter.

Derbyshire County Council has registered the shelter – which has been sealed – as a monument.

The authority's website states: "This site has been utilised over the past century and a half for its good vantage point. According to the Whitwell Local History Group, it was used as an observation point by the Royal Observer Corps from 1939 onwards and was manned every day during World War Two for this purpose.

"An underground shelter was built on the site, possibly in the 1970s, in the event of a nuclear attack. Inside the shelter are two rooms: a communal area and a w/c. (1) A total of 870 thermo-nuclear fallout shelters and observation posts were built throughout the country by the Home Office as part of a strategic defence against nuclear attack.

"Measuring 18ft by 10ft, the bunkers were buried 12ft underground, were built of reinforced concrete and cost £2,000 each. The shelters were decommissioned in 1992 when the then Home Secretary decided they were no longer necessary."

Now, agents from W.T. Parker estate agents, based in Chesterfield, say the surrounding land "could be used for other agricultural/equestrian type uses subject to planning consent being obtained".

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The agents add: "There is an overhead line to the disused bunker, however, we are not aware of any mains services being connected.

"An area of land shown edged green on the plan appears to be unregistered. It surrounds and possibly encompasses part of the bunker which sits within the seller's registered title no. DY431357, owned by the seller for many years.

"As such, the seller will indemnify the buyer against any third-party ownership claims made in the future. We are not aware of the ownership of the land edged green and it is not included in the sale."

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