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Lead or Rumour info - Smiths Covert, Hatton, Warwick.

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by Matthew James Ellerington, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Matthew James Ellerington

    Matthew James Ellerington 28DL Full Member
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    So I found this place in my childhood. I think it's an old air raid shelter. The forest it resides in is all locked up, and occasionally opens for 4X4 competitions. I believe there is safety tape tied to trees around the area too.

    While the forest is locked up, you can still jump the gate or any fence in the area.

    More about the main subject, the structure. Around the woods are old artifacts (shoes, old irons, pipes, drains that frogs come out of occasionally, etc.)
    But there is a building. Just a tiny thing. Next to it is an old iron door, just lying there. I'm guessing this is the entrance. Behind a hill near this is a wall, that climbs vertically up the hill. The hill suddenly stops over the top of this. This shows there is something under the ground. Massive mole/rabbit holes indicate a haven for them is close.

    It is actually on the grounds of an old mental hospital, that was also formerly a Lunatic Asylum. We have been told there is an air raid shelter there, it's hard to explain the area. I'm guessing soldiers were taken here during WW2 and so they built the shelter as backup.
    Search hatton park, hatton, warwick on google maps and then the forest should be labelled 'Smiths Covert.' Not sure if any security is in place, so treat carefully if you do enter. It was always empty when I used to go there. I should go again sometime.

    Here is a screenshot of the 'brick house', the building mentioned. It's a nickname we gave it. It actually is more concrete than brick. (Just remembered, there are a couple of small brick structures, nothing enter-able, but they had grated windows, maybe they hide something? I remember having to crawl through thorns as a child to get to them, so good luck finding them.)

    It would be great if someone with more experience could check this out :) thanks!

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  2. Speed

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    Thats in the ground of the Asylum isnt it? Will check it out!
     
  3. Matthew James Ellerington

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    It is! I should have mentioned that. Time to edit . . .
     
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    It’s actually in the grounds of this building. The King George VII Memorial Hospital / TB Sanitorium.

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    Built in the 20s next door to Hatton Asylum. The thing in the google image sits just where this “temporary†building was.

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    You can see the building on the right of this aerial photo from 1931.

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    It’s not on the 1928 map but is on all the ones from 1955 to 1992.

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    So what was it? Obviously I had to go and look. Apart from the chin high bastarding nettles, it was quite easy to find. This is what you can see in the google aerial. Up close it looks more like a 1980’s culvert section and there’s only one. It isn’t joined to the brickwork next to it or the blocks behind it.

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    Whatever was behind it has been backfilled with all sorts of rubble, soil, broken glass, tiles and junk.

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    Twenty feet behind it is this, but it looks more like a retaining wall and base for those temporary buildings than an air raid shelter.

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    Forty feet in front of it is this. Again it looks like a retainer or border for a garden area. Note the small hole at the base.

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    Up that hole are what look like steam pipes / heating pipes.

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    In a few other places there were slabs. Some of them were covering similar 2’ wide channels, some of them were laid on to mortar pads on the soil – like a path.

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    As the op said there are lots of rabbit holes (the ground is quite soft) and they’ve thrown up a lot of rubbish, broken glass and a few nice bottles.

    I’d be interested in what anyone else makes of this!
     
  5. Matthew James Ellerington

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    Awesome! Great to finally shed some light on the place! Thanks!
     
  6. mat411

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    Best way to approach it is from below, off ugly bridge road. Cut through the left hedge row into the filed and up from there. That way you avoid the nettles on top!

    Any idea who owns that land these days???
     
  7. Ryan.eliiott

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    Looks really intresting. must go soon.
     
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