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Report - Coulsdon Deep Shelter - Surrey - May 2016

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by silentwalker, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. silentwalker

    silentwalker 28DL Regular User
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    Around the time of WW2 Surrey County Council commissioned the building of four deep shelters, Coulsdon Deep Shelter was the fourth and was built within the grounds of Cane Hill Asylum. After the war, the shelter was purchased by Cox, Hargreaves and Thomson, Limited who specialised in the manufacture of optical devices – mainly lenses for huge telescopes. They purchased the tunnels as it provided the ideal atmosphere for the production of the lenses – a constant temperature meant that they did not expand or contract during the grinding process. However, the main drawback of the tunnels was the cold and damp conditions within them, this played havoc with corroding equipment and the moral of the workforce. To combat this, the company brought a refrigerator and wired it backwards so that it could act as a crude air-conditioning unit.

    Cox, Hargreaves and Thomson finally left the tunnels in the early 70s and the company subsequently wound up in 1978. After this they were used as a garage for a small length of time, but abandoned again because of the same problems faced by Cox, Hargreaves and Thomson. It was the later used as a dump for old VW car parts and the tunnels were then sealed by the local council.

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    I have had the pictures sitting for a while and never got round to posting, visited the shelter a few times now, the fist time back in May 2015 and then when the enormous tonnage of soil and concrete slab was removed last year :D not naming any names :coat

    Visited with @Porker of the night and as I never took my camera on the other occasions I thought I would pop back in on the way past to grab a few shots, not many shots to be had in there but its equally a worth while place to visit, and I particularly like a deep shelter.

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    Thanks for having a ganders ;)
     
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  2. UrbanZ

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    Anyone know if this place is still open ?
     
  3. Nickindroy

    Nickindroy A Porky Prime Cut
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    You joined today? Good look with that enquiry. Sweet pics! :thumb
     
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    I went here a few weeks back great place dark and cold lol but I found being on my own it spooked the shit out of me didn't help I only had a crap head torch I just whipped round quick so my pics where pretty bad, definitely going to revisit this one. Nice pics though!
     
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  5. silentwalker

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    Cheers fella :thumb
     
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    silentwalker 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers matey :D
     
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    Pretty decent shelter this one mate,nice pict0rs too :thumb
     
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  8. silentwalker

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    Cheers fella :D Yeah definitely worth popping in to, should have taken my camera in back early last year when all the old Beatle engines were in there, would have made a good couple pictures, not to worry, still a good place none the less
     
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    Great pics and report buddy! I wondered what all the car parts were for until I read your post. There's still one engine left... :thumb[​IMG]
     
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    Good job you found it fella, yeah the rest went walkies o_O
     
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