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Nettleden is a collection of pages on Higgypop that delve into secrets bunkers and abandoned places.
As well as providing details historical information on urban exploration venues, Nettleden offers map locations, grid references, photos and videos of secret underground bunkers.
Nettleden was launched by Steve Higgins in 2002 as an independent website. Steve's interest in secret underground places started a few years before this at the age of thirteen and has its roots in UFO conspiracies.
Steve attended a lecture by ufologist Matthew Williams, which included a slideshow of photos taken at RAF Rudloe Manor in Corsham, Wiltshire. He spoke of an underground city, the government's secret underground base.
A few years later, Steve was still fascinated by the tales of Corsham's underground city. This lead to the discovery of a book by Nick McCamley entitled 'Secret Underground Cities'.
Steve's first underground trip happened by chance which driving around the Corsham area, trying to find those place Matthew Williams had discussed all those years ago. While driving back along the A4 towards Bristol, Steve saw a sign for the village of Monkton Farleigh. Recognising the name from 'Secret Underground Cities', Steve took a detour and went for a wander.
Armed only with a dying pocket torch from the glove box, Steve managed to find the slope shaft leading down in to Monkton Farleigh Mine. Steve walked down the 135 steps into the darkness, at the bottom he couldn't believe what he was seeing. His pathetic torch didn't even start to light the huge complex of tunnels which branched out in front of him.
In April, Steve decided to publish his photos on the Internet which is when Nettleden was born. The name "Nettleden" doesn't have any meaning or connection with underground workings. Steve picked the name by flicking through a road atlas looking for something that sounded good.
Nettleden went from strength to strength and in 2017, after 15 years of existence, became part of Higgypop. Over the last few years Higgypop had become a website dedicated to weird news and conspiracies, often touching on stories about secret bunkers. So it made sense to bring the two websites closer together. By moving Nettleden on to a new dedicated section of this website, the content instantly got the upgrade it deserved, now with larger photos and more information laid out on more modern pages.
To explore our directory of secret underground places and urban exploration venues, click on the 'locations' button above.
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