View Full Version : Llanberis Bomb Store March 2011

23-03-2011, 06:58 PM
Me and Sloth had to pick up a fleabay bargain from a farm near Llanberis( a sexy victorian hall chair) so we decided to check out the Llanberis bomb store afterwards.
Picking Gannet and Nickweb up on the way, off we went :)
It was an ace explore, if you dont like spiders then this place is defo not for you, as when i turned the torch on in one of the tunnels....they were there eyes all staring at me i could almost hear them hiss!!!
From the outside this place doesnt look like it has much to offer but it ended up being quite a good mooch :thumb

Some history (pinched from here http://www.subbrit.o...es/l/llanberis/)

On 18th August 1939, the Air Ministry sought approval to acquire the disused Glynrhonwy Isaf slate quarry which had closed in 1930; the quarry, near Llanberis in North Wales, was deemed suitable for the storage of 18,000 tons of bombs. It consisted of a number of deep open pits, linked together by tunnels. Following the apparent success of the design employed at Harpur Hill in Derbyshire, the air ministry decided to use the same technique at Llanberis, converting the eastern pit into an underground depot, but because of the great depth of the quarry the design was adapted to produce a structure with two floors throughout. The lower level and a conventional flat reinforced concrete ceiling which also formed the floor of the upper level which had an arched roof like that at Harpur Hill. Standard and narrow gauge railway lines entered the lower level of the depot through the original quarry access tunnels, while three electric lifts transported bombs to the upper floor. The deep pits to the west of the depot were later used for burning and dumping redundant and dismantled ordnance.

Overhead protection was given by forty feet of broken slate. In response to pressure from the treasury efforts were made to cheapen and accelerate the construction of Llanberis, but unfortunately the cost cutting had disastrous consequences only six months after the depot was opened.

Some pictures














Thanks for looking :)

beam assisted
23-03-2011, 08:19 PM
I plan to go here in the summer - looks a great explore & nicely captured :)

23-03-2011, 08:23 PM
Cool! :thumb

23-03-2011, 08:28 PM
Those are excellent shots of the bomb store :-)

Went camping in Llanberis last summer, it's a bit deserted and the only pub was full of local types :-(

23-03-2011, 09:13 PM
Nice to see this one again Minxy. Hope you are enjoying your chair :)

23-03-2011, 10:46 PM
Love this place, will go one day!

24-03-2011, 12:02 AM
the first shot titillates my love of repetition, love it!

24-03-2011, 11:15 AM
these are good i like this place :)

24-03-2011, 04:07 PM
Great snaps, the spiders were freaky.

crippletron 3000
25-03-2011, 12:49 AM
Nicely done :thumb