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Report - Dodge Hill Air Raid Shelter, Stockport – Jan 2013

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Marsden1002, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. Marsden1002

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    Hi All!

    History is taken from canute's report :)

    Stockport had an advantage over most other towns and cities at the start of the WW2 – it had some relatively soft sandstone bluffs beside the River Mersey (now largely hidden under buildings) with small tunnels and cellars already carved into them. All that was needed was a bit more digging, a blast offset or two, and the Luftwaffe could do their worst.

    Dodge Hill is an interesting contrast to Chestergate, the publicly open shelter in the town – Dodge Hill is messier both in terms of what’s lying around and the spray painted arrows, it’s dustier and the bunk beds are more broken down.

    It’s by a long way the smallest of the 3 surviving shelters (the third group is at Brinksway). It's funny they didn't do the usual waffle-iron plan - it seems like they missed the chance to add in more cross-corridors. Perhaps they didn't need to take more people with Stewart Street and Chestergate relatively close by?

    Visited here today with Tom Sherman and met up with NoodleThesis on the way out!

    My first "underground" site and my first impressions that the place is big, but not big enough for 3000 people to sleep in! Easy to get lost if someone hadn't painted arrows indicating the exit, and we found ourselves going around in many circles a few times!






    #1 Marsden1002, Jan 12, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2013
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