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Report - Winchelsea tunnels - july 2011

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by PeZ, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. PeZ

    PeZ 28DL Full Member
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    Moving swiftly on - since this place being around the corner we decided this place was best.

    Again, I'd like to say a quick thanks to hoppymat for driving, and to his bird for Batteries and Assisting also both of you's for being my tunnel lighting bitches

    so enough with the intro -

    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 are now used as workshops by the company which owns 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.

    Any way enough yabbering; pictures!!
    [excuse the photos, fuji commited suicide stuck with old point-and-shoot with (very) limited settings]








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