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Report - Ashford Art and Design College ARP - April 2013

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by sirjonnyp, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. sirjonnyp

    sirjonnyp 28DL Regular User
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    So this one has been quite a while in the making, and hasn't been done on here before. Visited solo.

    The old Art and Design College is probably the most prominent abandoned building in Ashford and back in September I had a scout about and climbed the building whilst ratted, looking for a way in to no avail. After mentioning this on here One Flew East mentioned that he thought that there was a bomb shelter in the grounds somewhere. A few weeks later I went on a hunt for it, which, after an hour proved fruitless. However, that evening I did some more online research and realised that I'd been standing pretty much on top of the entrance. I didn't get another chance to have a look again until last night. I visited with the bare essentials (camera, tripod, kit lens, P7, can of beer to celebrate) in tennis attire.

    A note to anyone wishing to visit this - entrance is sketchy and not for the overweight. Exercise caution.


    History is lacking on this one although I understand that the art deco college building was once used as a hospital. I found this on Sussex History Forum which I think corroborates that idea as the site is close to the railway works mentioned:


    After looking around the royally derped art deco College building (possibly more on that to follow) I went over to the entrance to the shelter, and after a very, very tight squeeze, began to make my way around. Above are original chemical toilets.


    The shelter reminds me of the Folkestone Remembrance Road bunker in that it was small (in relation to some of the Dover shelters, at least), although lacking in more spacious rooms. The photo above shows metal rails that line this part of the shelter.


    There were originally three entrances: two staircases and one ladder, but two of these have now been covered. The shelter was in very good condition really; no flooding although there was a few bits of rubbish from over the years lying around.


    Even got a chair shot.


    This photo was a nightmare to set up. After one more shot I made my way out, which turned out to be a terribly tighter squeeze than the way in :eek: It was nice to finally get this one done, and prove myself wrong that 'there's fuck all to explore in Ashford', a common catchphrase of mine.

    Cheers for reading.



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