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Report - Clapham North Deep Level Shelter, March 2011.

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Ojay, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. Ojay

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    Clapham North Deep Level Shelter

    This was a flying visit with MJS, we didn't have chance to see it all, but still glad I managed to see a good chunk of it. We bumped into Maniac, Frosty & Fortnox whilst down there which wasn't really surprising!

    There were eight deep level shelters built between 1941-1942 underneath existing London Underground stations

    Since the war, plans were drawn up to utilise the tunnels as an express rail route, but were soon dropped due to lack of funding

    London Underground have since took control of the shelters, all of which have been leased out except for Clapham

    30M Down the mainshaft via a spiral staircase are two 1400ft long tubes, with connecting tunnels and a now bricked up link to Clapham North Station

    The shelter was originally designed to house 8,000 people during the blitz of WW2

    Pillbox surface building - Contains lift machinery and double helix staircase 30M down the main shaft to 'Deep Level'


    (Pic © Nick Catford - Subbrit)

    Shelter Diagram


    Top Of Main Shaft/Spiral Staircase



    Once down we entered the short cross-link tunnel, linking the 2 x 1400ft tunnels heading North & South

    The tunnel construction is unique, in that 2 bisecting circular tunnels had been mined to form the top and bottom level of the shelter thus providing more space


    Northbound Cross-link Entrance/Passageway


    South Tunnel


    Gents Toilets - You can still see the urinals on the walls


    Flight Of Stairs - Leading to Clapham Station platforms


    Ventilation pipes for Clapham Station


    Bricked Up Access To Clapham Station


    North Tunnel


    Stairwell - Down to lower section of Deep Level Shelter


    We were pushed for time so I headed back up leaving MJS to take a couple of pics down here whilst I stalled the others


    It was great to finally see this place, Shouts to Tommo & Wevsky for the tip-off :thumb

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