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Nuclear bunker sells for 240,000

Bunker near Twyford
The bunker has 8ft (2.5m) thick walls and steel doors

A former nuclear bunker in Hampshire which could house up to 30 people has been sold for 240,000.

The bunker, near Twyford village, was originally built in 1905 as a covered reservoir before being transformed into a nuclear bunker during the Cold War.

Auctioneers Clive Emson said it had failed to sell at a public auction but was bought privately afterwards.

The bunker has been used by computer security companies since it was decommissioned in 1997.

'Hobbit-style house'

The auctioneers had said they had no idea who would want a property which has parking for 18 cars and the ability to withstand a nuclear strike.

The property, which was originally a redundant Victorian covered reservoir, comprises 2,500 sq ft (232 sq m) of office space with a kitchen and 4,800 sq ft (446 sq m) of storage space.

The building has 8ft (2.5m) thick concrete walls and a 6in (15.2cm) thick steel door, which meant it was ideally suited to withstanding a nuclear bomb during the Cold War.

Rob Marchant, auctioneer, said: "It's not yet clear whether the property will be converted into a Hobbit-style house, subject to planning permission, or be used as secure offices and storage."

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