Listed protection for Cold War bunker (UK)

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A COLD War bunker, designed to withstand a direct hit by a nuclear bomb and built less than 20 years ago, has received one of the highest categories of listing in English Heritage's register of buildings of architectural and historic importance.

But the 17th century riverside inn, the Pike and Eel in Needingworth, has been de-listed because of the quality and size of 20th century additions.

The "Magic Mountain", as the former US Air Force avionics building at RAF Alconbury is known to planners, was one of the last of a number of hardened structures designed to protect U2 and TR-1 spy planes at the base.

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