In July 2012, just as the Olympics were starting in London a expedition organised by the Old Communist League (OCL) set out for Essex to discover and explore the remaining ruins of Coppice Camp. In fact as you will see we found much of the site overgrown but little changed in half a century.
The intrepid band set up base camp at the Eagle public house, now a popular gastro-pub and posh Essex roadhouse.
Our first picture shows the expedition team outside the Eagle. They are left to right: Ron Vizard, Sheila Vizard (Wainwright), Ann Frost (Westbury) Ann Preston (Arronson), Anne Carter (Plummer), Carl Carter, Peter Frost.
John Preston took the picture and indeed all the pictures in this section.
The hut (below) is overgrown and unlocked but still basically little changed, compare it with the next picture taken in the early 1960’s
Ann Preston Takes a look inside to discover much furniture, even books are still inside.
Here is the expedition at the entrance to he camp.
During the day the group also took a tour around the Brentwood Secret Nuclear Bunker and underground Government Bunker. This had not been open to the public, or even communist campers from just up the road on previous visits all those years ago.
ANN FROST IS PLANNING ANOTHER VISIT TO THE EAGLE AND KELVEDON HATCH IN THE SUMMER OF 2014.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN HER YOU CAN LEAVE A MESSAGE HERE