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Report - Soldiers "Home Tunnels", Dover, May 2011

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by silverainbow, May 21, 2011.

  1. silverainbow

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    A bit of History borrowed from "Sub Brit"

    This is the Eastern end of a large tunnel complex in Snargate Street, which began as separate tunnels but were linked during WW2 for use as air raid shelters. The main part of this section is the 900ft long Cowgate Tunnel which connected Snargate Street with Durham Hill. Unfortunately, this tunnel was penetrated by a shell during WW2 which resulted in the death of 63-year old Mrs. Patience Ransley, who was sheltering inside at the time. The tunnel is blocked at the point of the shell penetration, which occured within the grounds of Cowgate Cemetery on the surface. It is however possible to go much further than the blockage shown on the plan below, but conditions are poor due to roof falls and rotten timber props. Due to revelopment of the Durham Hill area, the entrance at that end seems to have vanished. The passage going West from the main entrance tunnel passes a vent shaft and kiln, and was originally known as 'Soldiers' Home Caves', due to them being behind the old Soliders' Home. The passage continues to a metal gate which blocks access to the next set of tunnels, which are known as 'Croucher's Tunnels'.

    On with some pics :)

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    Getting over the collapsed section was a bit of an experience to say the least and obviously couldnt go any further once we got to the part of the tunnel damaged by the bomb in WW2, still worth a look though, wish I had taken some pics of the lime kiln but theres always next time !

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    #1 silverainbow, May 21, 2011
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