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This former government owned secret nuclear bunker in Nantwich, Cheshire, has seen a variety of paranormal goings on since opening as a museum in 1998. The TV program ‘Most Haunted’ have featured the location twice due to the active nature of the spirits that haunt here…
Address: Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, French Ln, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 8AP
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Hack Green Nuclear Bunker started off as decoy site during the Second World War, to trick any German Luftwaffe bombers looking for the important railway junction at Crewe. In 1941 it became RAF Hack Green, and its purpose was to provide air traffic control to military aircraft crossing the nearby airspace.
During the early years of the Cold War, the site was modernised as part of the ROTOR project – a huge elaborate air defence system designed to counter any threat posed by Soviet bombers. During this modernisation, the construction of a semi-sunk bunker also took place.
In 1958 the site changed roles again, becoming part of the UK Air Traffic Control System. It was during this period that the site became an RAF centre. Hack Green closed in 1966 after it was replaced by RAF Lindholme in South Yorkshire.
The site lay dormant for several years until 1976 when, during the height of the Cold War, the site was purchased by the Home Office and used as a Regional Government Headquarters (RGHQs) – one of a network of 16 similar sites around the UK. They were designed to enable government to to continue in the event of a nuclear attack.
After the Cold War ended in 1992, Hack Green’s life as an active military facility had come to an end. The Home Office sold the site to a private buyer, and 1998, the Cold War Museum you see today was opened.
Since opening to the public in 1998 as a museum, staff and visitors have regularly experienced strange goings-on throughout its rooms and corridors. People have witnessed the full apparition of a man dressed in uniform, down the main corridor. Two other apparitions have also been witnessed in this area, and members of staff have reported feeling a menacing energy in the area, with reports of several people fainting as a result.
In room 9 – the telecommunications area, people often witness the apparition of an attractive young woman, seemingly working at her desk. Several tour groups have also made contact with an male spirit here, who is often aggressive nature. The old phones in this area have also been known to ring on their own, which is strange to say the least given the phones are disconnected completely.
The theatre is believed to be the most paranormally active area in the bunker. People have reported being touched and pushed by unseen hands. Moans and bangs are also frequently heard. The sudden feeling of illness often overwhelms people here too, with one person so highly affected that an ambulance had to be called.
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