Site Records

Site Name: Wanstead - London NE Group War HQ (Control 51B)

Northumberland Avenue
Wanstead
London E12

 

[Source: Steve Fox]

During the last war the boroughs of Greater London were divided pie-like into five sectors, three north and two south of the Thames. This division continued to be used for civil defence into the 1990s.

With the re-emergence of civil defence in the early 1950s, four of the sectors were provided with war rooms originally known as ``sub-regional commissioner's offices''. These four London group controls were identical and were located at: Partingdale Lane; Mill Hill (opposite the barracks and next to the sub-station just on the bend), Northumberland Avenue; Wanstead (behind the council estate) Kemnal Manor; Chislehurst (a long way down Kemnal Road) Church Hill Road; Cheam (next to Queen Victoria pub).

Photo: NE Group War HQ
Photo: NE Group War HQ
Photo by Nick Catford

The NE Group War Room at Wanstead was demolished in 2000 and the site is now occupied by a nursing home.

Photo: Control Room
Photo: Control Room
Photo by Nick Catford

 

Photo: Bunks in one of the corridors
Photo: Bunks in one of the corridors
Photo by Nick Catford

See Cheam for a floor plan of the NE Group War HQ.

 

[Source: Steve Fox]


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