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Report - AEI Cable Works Air Raid Shelter ,Kent - June 2015

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by silentwalker, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. silentwalker

    silentwalker 28DL Regular User
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    So I have been trying to access these air raid shelter tunnels for a few years now as living near to them a while back but I never had any luck. More research and more visits ended up paying off, persistence is key they say. Very difficult but really worth it. I feel somewhat privileged to be among the very few people that have got the chance to see these stunning tunnels in such an untouched state, they are totally graffiti free. I don't think I have ever had a bigger smile slapped on my face while exploring a site.

    It was a very very tight squeeze so sadly I travelled light and didn't take my SLR so you will have to put up with my iPhone6 shots. If I ever get the chance to go again I will try and cram my SLR into the bag. :cool:

    I travelled up with another member (medwaydan). I always prefer to stay safe and visit sites in two's or more as if a problem arises you have help. :D (Not that I would ever get in trouble)

    Brief History

    The company W T Henley has always been highly regarded for the manufacture of cable and electrical components and was clearly the company of choice when a system had to be devised as a countermeasure to the growing threat of German magnetic mines during the Second World War. As a result, a new site was constructed in 1939 in Gravesend for W T Henley and a complex of tunnels built underneath to provide air raid shelter for the company’s employees.

    With at least six entrances, the air raid shelter was very clearly signed internally to ensure that there was no confusion when looking for your allocated space. Cut into chalk and lined with prefabricated concrete, the shelter tunnels were well laid out, including first aid areas and numerous latrines – in the form of Elson buckets.

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    Thanks for having a ganders! :Not Worthy
     
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  2. silentwalker

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    There is also a little video if anyone is interested.

     
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    looks good
     
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    Nice effort with the iphone and well done for geting to see it..Get back with a dslr it really isnt a hassle
     
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    silentwalker 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers man, yeah I hoisted my back back down so will just stuff it in there next time, no chance of a fatty getting in :coat
     
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    Good effort, looks interesting :thumb
     
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    Thanks :D it was fantastic, was so happy to finally get in after so long, made the feeling even better!
     
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    Yeah I bet it did, your hard work paid off :thumb
     
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    Nice effort, and decent snaps with the phone
     
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    silentwalker 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers! We try and make the best with what we have :D would have kicked myself if I didn't take any form of camera!
     
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