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Report - Birmingham Civil Defense bunker, June, 2012

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by bubblehead, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. bubblehead

    bubblehead you lost the game
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    Finally gotten around to actually uploading these pics onto the net. A chance visit to the site led to us speaking to the right person and getting an opportunity to get in and look about. Unfortunately were told that someone had broken in a couple of months previously and started a fire leading to some smoke damage inside the bunker. Also the owners had converted it partly into a company social club installing a bar, bowling alley, pool table etc. Other parts of the bunker where used as practice rooms for bands.

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    An unassuming doorway in an overgrown garden

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    just inside the door is the air intake room which houses the filtration and the generator

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    The main corridor area which had been converted into the bar and skittles alley

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    training room

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    storage, unfortunately the paperwork pertained to the current owners and not civil defense. Numerous other rooms were used to store assorted rubbish and evidence of the raves that were held there in the 90's

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    the only real sign of its real use

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    rooms used for band practice

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    what appeared to have been a communications room

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    fancy a picnic?

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    Finally a view from the garden, hard to guess there is a bunker hidden below the lawn​
     
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  2. Mick789

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    During the mid 70's my dad was a teacher at St Phillps School on Hagley Road. Some children needed to be relocated because of the high alumina cement problems prevalent at that time. They were moved to this Meadow Road location. Makeshift classrooms were set up in the bunker and the kids were educated underground with break times on the grass above. I visited on a few occasions with my Dad and I wandered around freely whilst he did whatever setting up was needed. I remember lots of road safety educational equipment was stored in there. Although a little messy it had obviously been maintained reasonably well up to this point. This link dates the pupils move to Sept 1974 http://www.macearchive.org/archive.html?Title=21904

    I can also recall a well organised Bonfire Night display with lots of people attending and food catering in the house.
     
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    Fantastic find!
     
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