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French Lane, Hack Green Nantwich Cheshire England
Welcome to one of the nation's most secret defence sites. Hack Green has played a central role in the defence of Britain for almost sixty years. As you approach Hack Green over the picturesque farmland and rolling Cheshire countryside, it's hard to imagine a more peaceful location, but it was not always like this! Over 50 years ago the freedom you now enjoy was in peril, World War II was being lost and Britain was struggling for its very survival. In the Air Ministry in bomb-blitzed London officials were looking for sites to locate the new Radio Detection and Direction Finding (RDF) equipment or radar as it came to be known. A chain of radar stations were already strung out along the eastern and southern coasts to face the enemy bombers and fighters threatening Britain. This system was known as 'Chain Home' and was supplemented at the outbreak of war by the 'Chain Home Low' system which was able to detect enemy aircraft flying at low altitude. Radar was in its early days of development and had difficulty in detecting hostile aircraft. In late 1940 a further system of radar installations known as 'Ground Controlled Intercept Stations' were developed. In 1941 Hack Green, a site previously used as a bombing decoy site for the main railway centre at Crewe was chosen to become RAF Hack Green, to protect the land between Birmingham and Liverpool from hostile attack. Thus began the service of Hack Green and the airmen and women of Cheshire in the defence of the nation. Children: Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help rid Hack Green of spy mice and find them and their leader, Big “R” Russki the spy rat. Pick up your secret orders on your way into the bunker, hand them back when you leave and you’ll receive a Secret Agent Certificate. Find them all and we’ll reward you. Opening Times: Summer- The bunker is open every day from the 20th of March until the 31st of October. From 10.30am to 5.30pm. Winter: The bunker is open every Saturday and Sunday during the winter from 11.00a.m to 4.30p.m., except during December when the bunker is closed all month. The bunker is also open daily during the school half term holidays in February and October. Information Line: For latest details of opening times, please ring the bunker information line on 01270 629219.
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