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Report - Boys' Air Raid Shelter, St. John's School, Redhill

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by agk, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. agk

    agk 28DL Regular User
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    The Boys' Shelter was smaller than the Girls' Shelter, its wooden benches to seat 272 boys.

    Above the main entrance staircase from the school. Nothing out of the ordinary so far...


    In 2001, a document mentioning the interior of the shelter was found and the shelter was reopened. It was found to be in surprisingly good condition.


    Look at the end of the passage closely.

    It's part of a mural - Robinson Crusoe. Most of the walls are painted!

    An old newsreel http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=37752 was tracked down which said that during air raid warnings the boys were kept occupied by painting the murals. But it is thought more likely that they were painted during art lessons when the shelter was not in use and so there was enough space. A detailed survey of the shelter was carried out in 2006.

    Many thanks to the school for allowing access.

    Mural thought most likely to be Snow White


    The only remaining original light fitting.


    Treasure Island



    Pilgrims Progress



    Robin Hood





    Robinson Crusoe


    and many more.

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