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The main corridor of the Paddock bunker

Paddock is the codeword for an alternative Cabinet War Room bunker for Winston Churchill's World War II government located in Brook Road, Dollis Hill, northwest London under a corner of the Post Office Research Station site. The name derives from the nearby Paddock Road NW2, in turn named for a nineteenth century stud farm, the Willesden Paddocks, situated nearby.[1] It was constructed in total secrecy in 1939 but only rarely used during the war, with only two meetings of the War Cabinet being held there. It was abandoned in 1944.[2]

It comprises some forty rooms on two floors, is semi-derelict with original equipment abandoned and rusted, and a certain amount of water ingress which is kept at bay by an electric extraction pump.

Paddock was used after World War 2 by the Post Office for research and development and by the Post Office Research Laboratories Sports and Social Club. Paddock lay unused from when the Post Office moved to Martlesham Heath (Suffolk) and vacated the site in 1976 until Network Homes purchased the site (including Paddock) in 1997.

The bunker is owned by Network Homes, an affordable housing association which is responsible for the properties now occupying part of the former research station site above, and is open to the public two or three times a year,[1] with free guided tours provided by volunteers from the Subterranea Britannica organisation. It featured on the Channel 5 programme, Underground Britain.

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  1. ^ a b "Underground Bunker, Neasden | Open House London 2018". openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk.
  2. ^ Subterranea Britannica

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Coordinates: 51°33′44″N 0°14′19″W / 51.562194°N 0.238586°W / 51.562194; -0.238586