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Report - Brinksway Air Raid Shelter, Stockport - July 2016

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by GRONK, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. GRONK

    GRONK 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers for the tip @Coolboyslim. Did this as a solo visit one early morning, the shelter is pretty huge with lots of tunnels branching off from each other. After managing to get myself lost down there I eventually covered it all.

    History
    The Brinksway deep level shelter is one of three deep level shelters in Stockport.
    The air raid shelter tunnels were for civilian use, and were dug into the red sandstone on which the town centre stands on. Work started on the tunnels in 1938 and the first set of shelters was opened on 28 October 1939. Stockport was first bombed on the 11th October 1940. The smallest of the tunnel shelters could accommodate 2,000 people and the largest 6,500 people. Stockport is only 6 miles away from Manchester, the local folk complained the Mancunians were taking up all the room inside the shelters.

    The tunnels were 7 feet wide and 7 feet high and had electric lighting and wooden bench seating. There were toilets, mostly chemical although a few were plumbed into the mains. A warden’s post, a first aid store and a tool store were also provided. As the threat of bombing receded in 1943, it was decided that the tunnels no longer needed to be open every night. After the end of the War, the tunnels were sealed up and remained virtually as they had been


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    Cheers for looking. :thumb
     
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  2. SegaSi1984

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    Did number 6 give you the willys when your flash went off? :)
     
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    Nice pics mate!! Not sure I'd like to be down there on my own haha
     
  4. Mick The Mole

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    glad someone else got lost in there too :D:thumb i went in yesterday afternoon, doing what seemed to be figure of eights :banghead
     
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    Lol.. yea it's quite easy to get lost in places like this.. glad you got it done and enjoyed it. Grabbed yourself some nice pictures also. Bet it was fun solo lol... thx for posting
     
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    Cracking report, with all these people heading to do this you should look at Dodge Hill while your here…..or try it.
     
  7. BrainL

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    Mate of mine tried Dodge Hill the night before we done Brinksway but couldn't find a way in sadly so we didn't bother checking the next day... one to keep an eye on with this one being opened so blatantly haha... would still love to know who and how this one was opened haha
     
  8. FreshFingers

    FreshFingers Choose life, choose tunnels
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    The chisel marks appeared pretty beefy, so could only imagine that it was a fair sized tool. Must have been tackled quickly too. Wild shot, but possibly scrap metal monkies with access to "tarmac ya druyve" tools. A pile of beds appeared closer to an entrance than seen before.
     
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