Today, I went deep inside the Camberwell Submarine!

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    It's in the name stupid. :p It's actually a giant Faraday Cage.

    For contingency planning against a high-altitude nuclear blast that would have acted as an E-bomb - generating a poweful electomagnetic pulse that would cripple all electronic systems - a "B" team of "top people" would have been inside the Memorial, along with a back-up generator and communications kit that wasn't attached to any external cabling.
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  2. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    Looking at the scale of the kit down below, I presume now the surface vents must be on hinges or otherwise open out so replacement boilers, etc. can be lowered on cranes?
  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I didn't see any hinge like openings there, but I guess there must be something.
  4. guinnessdrinker

    guinnessdrinker political refugee R.I.P.

    so there must be a secret tunnel between the submarine and the cage, then...
  5. interesting thread , its good when you find out what something really is when you've been dreaming up allsorts of things about it . I remember when i was a kid i use to go on bike rides with my dad over the hills , We would come across this concrete box with a metal tube coming out . I use to think it was a pillbox from the war ( I swear me dad told me it was ) i was up the same place a few years ago and my dream were shattered when i discovered it was a old farming thing for storing water :oops: .

  6. You would replace the whole boiler , Imho youd only replace the bits which fail on a insurance mdt test . They last a good few years as well.
  7. Structaural

    Structaural in Chatsubo

    Well I never - that's what it is! That's been a mystery to me for 20 odd years.
  8. TopCat

    TopCat Gone away, no forwarding address

    Excellent! I wonderd for years what that thing was...:)
  9. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    Wonderful - I cycle past that all the time and always wondered.

    And now I have a pictorial clue as to what "gubbins" are too - although still don't know what they actually do - will have to google!

    Nice report. :)
  10. zoltan

    zoltan Transnistria festishist

    Wot ? so the E&C box is part of a civil defence network thats designed to look like a memorial ?

    wots in the middle of the box ?
  11. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Brilliant, always wondered what was down there, ta.
  12. Gixxer1000

    Gixxer1000 cant wheelie a shaftie :(

    "A recent Lambeth Planning statement proposed removing one side of the dual carriageway and removing the "submarine vent shaft.""
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  14. Loupylou

    Loupylou Well-Known Member

    It's not - it's called the 'Concrete Submarine' (i live right near it) & the area is Brixton.
    Other than that small gripe, I;ve always wanted to know what it looks like so thanks for being so intrepid........

    in BRIXTON !
  15. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    That's what the bloke who was working there told me it was called. It's also called that in The Smoke magazine.
  16. loud 1

    loud 1 dsm-4

    it looks like a futuristic battle truck from an 80's sci-fi film!

    cool tho init!
  17. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    nice one Ed, by using your wits and getting inside to take photos you have provided a valuable service to so many people! I live about a minute away from the submarine and always assumed it was some sort of air vent for the tube - thought the Kennington tube sidings were underneath or something. I emailed the link to your page to a few mates and it's totally made their day.

    I am really jealous. :mad:

  18. J77

    J77 residing

    What are the boilers for?
  19. guinnessdrinker

    guinnessdrinker political refugee R.I.P.

    the editor's link at post 9 says it is to heat the local estates.
  20. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    The Camberwell Submarine is now a musical instrument :cool:
  21. HackneyE9

    HackneyE9 Well-Known Member


    Although I think for completeness' sake you should have included a snap or two of the luck estates that get their cockles warmed by said submarine!
  22. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    i spotted it earlier today in that weird zone that's neither brixton nor camberwell.
    looks like part of the set from fritz lang's metropolis:
    what is it?
  23. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

  24. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    aaah! ta, so it's basically the roof of a subterranean municipal boiler room. i'm disappointed for some reason. :D
  25. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    It looks amazing doesn't it? :)
  26. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    it does, i was wanting it to be aphex twin's gaff or summat though
  27. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    It's like a hard edged submarine
  28. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    it's dead odd round there, weird bit of south london
  29. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    No it isn't! Freak.
  30. Me76

    Me76 Not very good lurker

    I used to go to school (well bunk off) round there and we used to call it the Submarine.

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