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Report - Winchelsea Tunnels, Dover, September 2011

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

  1. silverainbow

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    A brief explore from a month or so ago, visited with Space Invader, Obscurity and Wevsky, I have to admit that pics arent the best but its the taking part that counts :thumb
    Now for a brief bit of history borrowed from Sub Brit ;)

    These tunnels, in the former Winchelsea Quarry, were used during WW2 as air raid shelters. They were constructed in the form of four parallel corridors with two intersecting passages. There were four original entrances in the quarry and two more which spur off from a junction at the opposite end of the tunnel.
    The quarry entrances were used as workshops by the company which owned the tunnels and the other two entrances have been sealed. One was located behind the Westmount building and the other was located in another chalk pit in Tower Hamlets, where the houses of 'The Abbots' road are now located. According to ARP records of the time, the shelter was designed to accommodate just over 1,000 people. Some wartime photos still remain of people sheltering in these tunnels as well as many dated etchings on the chalk walls

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    And now for the all important pics :cool:

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    An almost transparent Space Invader

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    Well worth a visit if ever you're passing, thanks for taking the time to look at my pics :)
     

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