Site Name: Kirklevington Hall - 5 Group, 83 Brigade AAOR for the Tees
OS Ref: NZ429107
view, now converted into a house although the lower floor is believed to be little
Photo by Clive Hodgson
Kirklevington Hall was the site of a Royal Artillery Anti-Aircraft
Operations Room (AAOR), covering the Tees anti-aircraft zone, and was
built in the early 1950s to a standard semi-sunken design with one floor
above ground. Located in the grounds of Kirklevington Hall, now a hotel.
It is believed to be occupied by the owners mother.
View from the rear showing the original entrance porch still intact
Photo by Nick Catford
Clive Hodgson Reports:
The above ground part of the bunker (approx 80ft sq.) has been very imaginatively
and expensively converted into a house in the 'Spanish Hacienda' style. All habitable
rooms are arranged around the perimeter with a gallery separating them from the
sunken (map?) floor in the centre. Windows have been cut through the walls.
The underground section consists of several rooms (reportedly all empty but in
good condition -ventilation system working) with an area greater than the Hacienda
above (odd? - ed). A tunnel connects the underground section to the adjacent
Kirklevington Hall (well over 100 yds away). The Hall (a huge Georgian Mansion)
was Government owned and in the 1970-80's it was occasionally used for putting
up the odd circuit Judge until its sale in the late 80's.
Nobody I know can remember the bunker being used other than for storage for the
CCF who still retain a drill hall in the grounds. It was however never allowed
February 25, 2000
Last updated 28th September 2003
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