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Report - South Forelands Deep Shelter - Dover - 2016

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by UrbanZ, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. UrbanZ

    UrbanZ 28DL Full Member
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    Visited with @Minor and @Dora Grew Up

    History:
    The Regimental Headquarters of 540 Coast Regiment Royal Artillery was mainly based in wartime surface buildings adjacent to South Foreland Lighthouse. Staff slept in the Lower Lighthouse, and there was an underground Plotting Room as well as a deep shelter for RHQ staff nearby.

    540 Coast Regiment was in charge of the guns to the east of Dover (Fan Bay, Wanstone Farm and South Foreland Batteries), while 520 Coastal Regiment manned the guns to the west of Dover (Capel, Lydden Spout, Hougham and Citadel batteries). When either the east or west guns acted collectively they were designated as a Fortress and had, at South Foreland and Hougham respectively, a Fortress Plotting Room which controlled their complement of guns. Hougham’s was combined with the Battery Plotting Room which is the reason for its larger size, while at South Foreland the two Plotting Rooms were several hundred metres apart.

    The deep shelter is one of the smallest and most symmetrical comprising two parallel tunnels with three cross tunnels between, accessed by two entrances and sets of stairs

    The Explore:
    We traipsed around for ages looking for the entrance to this place and must have walked past it about 4 times, on the up side did find a London underground high vis :thumb(might come in useful in the future), Dora got sent a few instructions and we were in.

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    thanks for looking
     
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  2. wellingtonian

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    Very good mate :thumb
     
  3. Wevsky

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    This is number 1 shelter mate and a pretty decent one at that! Did you call the keyholder to come let you in :p
     
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    @Wevsky we had the key, which made life easier! Even if we did walk around the entrance twenty million times.
     
  5. Dora Grew Up

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    @UrbanZ great pictures as always. This was definitely my favourite explore of the weekend, even if entry was a piece of piss.
     
  6. Wevsky

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    The keyholder chaps always more than happy to hand it out.no point using other methods really :thumb
     
  7. Dora Grew Up

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    He's really lovely about it too, and people who break in and change the locks only make it more difficult for others.
     
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  8. Ilyria

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    Nice looking place..
     
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