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Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker has made it into my top ten most haunted locations in the UK for one simple and somewhat personal reason; this is where I witnessed my very first ghost sighting. The Bunker is an amazing place and the kind of place which takes you back to your childhood a little. Well it does me! You see, when you hear the term ‘bunker’ you often think of a place that’s pretty small, but Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker is massive, and like something out of a James Bond film. In case you’ve missed it, this was one of my favourite places to investigate.
A Brief History of This Most Haunted Location
Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker was built between 1952 and 1953, as a part of ROTOR (Royal Airforce Radar Stations). Then after improvements, the Bunker was maintained as an emergency regional government defence site through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. In the early 90’s the site was decommissioned and sold back to the family it was originally bought from.
More recently the Bunker has been used as a museum and tourist attraction, hidden away in the countryside. It has also drawn the attention of filmmakers as an excellent location, with household names like ‘Top Gear’ and a few less well-known films, like the 2010 film ‘SNUB’ being filmed at the Bunker.
Over the years visitors to Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker have reported numerous types of paranormal activity. These have included strange coloured lights throughout the site, ghostly voices, the touch of unseen hands, temperature drops or cold spots, strange shadows passing doors, hair being pulled and possible interaction with a torch by a spirit. There have also been many reports of areas of the Bunker physically affecting visitors; such as chest constrictions, difficulty breathing, back problems and leg pains.
My Investigation of Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker
My own investigation of the Bunker was with the assistance of a small team and began with us running cables for CCTV coverage.
Our first vigil took us to the lowest level of the complex; we decided that given the size of the location our vigils would have to cover a floor rather than one room. The initial look around gave us an opportunity to familiarise ourselves with the Bunker and its usual sounds. There was a knocking sound which was later identified as being associated with the locations clock system; turns out that Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker has the loudest clock known to man!
It wasn’t long after this that two of the team heard another noise, similar to footsteps. Although we couldn’t pin point the noise, as we turned to leave Uniform Services I saw what can only be described as a grey, or off-white head, pass the small window in the door. Now at this point I probably should have chased the ghostly apparition into the corridor, but instead I decided to spend ten minutes (yes about ten!) trying to explain what I had just seen. Not the best move, but at least I came to the conclusion it was unexplainable! To this day I wish I had chased after that ghost, but I’ve always thought that if I had, I would have found an empty space! Take your eyes off the ghost and they tend to disappear, so very helpful!
The team investigated the long and very dark entrance tunnel next, which wasn’t without its oddities. In fact, I don’t think it was long before noises and thumps were heard coming from the main stairwell. The team returned to this area to investigate further and later concluded that the sounds were similar to a chair being dragged on a wooden floor. Attempting to recreate the strange events in order to understand them better (and perhaps their source) is often one of the first and most effective courses of action to take when investigating.
Following this, the team believed they could hear voices from the tunnel area and went to check it out. The Bunker tunnel was (of course) empty, and the source of those ghostly voices were never found. We even tried to understand if our own voices could have carried to the tunnel from the stairwell, but the tone and pitch wasn’t the same. However, it was conclusive that sounds seemed to travel around the Bunker rather well.
At around half two in the morning I fired up the iPod and begun to play various tunes from the fifties as a part of the Singapore Theory Experiment. In many locations the Singapore Theory Experiment using music has given me some very interesting results possibly. However on this occasion it appeared to have the opposite effect! The rest of our investigation was relatively quiet.
My Thoughts On One of My Top Ten Ten Most Haunted Locations In The UK
Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker is an interesting place to investigate and there is certainly more to learn about its ghostly background too. I have to admit, paranormal aside, the Bunker is a great location and personally, I could spend ages there. It’s like being in an episode of Doctor Who or something! As paranormal investigators we’re often privileged to visit some amazing places packed full of history and interesting stories.
Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker may not have given us a tonne of paranormal activity during our night there, but I had my perception changed slightly. When you spend a great deal of time collecting reports of ghosts, trying to understand them, you often feel that if you did see a ghost you would fully understand. Not true! I have many more questions now after seeing a ghost then I ever did! At least there’s one thing I do know, whatever the answers maybe, these strange oddities need looking in to more.
Teasing Spirits and Ghostly Voices
For its ghostly voices and sounds, plus the cheeky ghost that teased me by walking past that door; Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker makes my top ten most haunted locations in the UK.
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