The Paddock Information Collection – the most comprehensive source of information about Paddock (2019 edition)


By Bill Ridgeway (


Paddock is the code name of the bunker from which Winston Churchill and the War Cabinet would have run Britain if the Cabinet War Rooms in Westminster became unusable.  The Paddock Information Collection is a compilation of articles, documents, images, maps, plans, publications and recollections showing the history of Paddock and the surrounding area from country farm through design, construction and various uses to the present day.  Information is drawn from many sources and, with all the information now in one place, it is an invaluable research resource.


This edition includes 524 objects*(2,168* pages) including documents, images, maps, plans, publications and recollections from nearly 50 contributors.  There are 281* new or updated objects since the previous edition.  (* not all available in the publicly available version due to copyright restrictions)


Information is presented in 6 parts each in a compacted (ZIP) file which may be downloaded individually.  (Click here to download PeaZip)

Part A – Index, Collection guidelines, Copyright statement – 5 objects (29 pages)

Part B - Documents – 52 objects (1,163 pages)

Part C - Images – 388 objects (486 pages)

Part D - Maps and plans – 26 objects (26 pages)

Part E - Publications – 44 objects (420 pages)

Part F - Recollections9 objects (44 pages)


A few specially selected objects from The Paddock Information Collection are available individually here –

Index to The Paddock Information Collection This is the key to understanding the content of The Paddock Information Collection – Download this file to identify file(s) of interest

Bibliography and web site links

Discover Paddock Special Tour

Timeline, miscellaneous information and myths

Copyright statement


Also available is A Gazetteer of Cold war sites and structures in the United Kingdom and Isle of Man used for the control and protection (directly or indirectly) of civilians in an emergency situation (1945 to date).  This includes information of about 1,878 known bunkers and a further 1,479 possible bunkers but does not include either air raid shelters or currently operational military bunkers.  Click here to download.



© 2019 Bill Ridgeway has asserted his moral right to be identified as the Author of this Work in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patent Act 1988.  Permission is granted to reproduce (complete and with acknowledgement of the author) for personal and educational use only.  Commercial copying is prohibited.  Every reasonable effort has been made to contact the copyright holders of material included in this work.  However, where an omission has occurred, the author will gladly include acknowledgement in any future edition.  The copyright of material not produced by the author remains with the original copyright owner.