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Report - Bidston Deep shelters, Merseyside -feb 2016

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Underground anarchists, Feb 16, 2016.

  1. Underground anarchists

    Underground anarchists 28DL Full Member
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    OK so after a long morning of searching around the seemingly "huge" area of Bidston hill on only pretty poor clues and falsified leads from the internet we finally found the entrance to the tunnels, and although heavily vandalized and splayed with only what can be described as poor graffiti, it did not disappoint, the place still had a real feel of history and imagination from past times, a good visit all round.


    The Bidston Hill tunnel project was born in 1941, probably out of the devastating effects of the Luftwaffe blitz on Merseyside. During these dark months many infrastructure targets were hit, many people were killed and many more made homeless. The first week of May 1941 saw the peak of the attack, it involved 681 Luftwaffe bombers; 2,315 high explosive bombs and 119 other explosives. The raids put 69 out of 144 cargo berths out of action and inflicted 2,895 casualties, 1,741 of them fatalities.


    Wirrals Civil Defence Emergency Committee in 1941 reveal that the peninsulas skilled workforce of shipbuilders, steel workers and other industries meant that it was granted almost unprecedented funds to establish two deep air raid shelters, one being in Tranmere and the other in Bidston. Built over the next two years there were 2213 bunks and 793 seats, as well as a canteen staff dormitory, toilets, medical posts and a ventilation shaft which could double as an emergency escape hatch if necessary. The work was not without incident and setbacks; the project was apparently plagued with trespassers and vandalism, and as with modern projects the cost of the work increase with the discovery of poor quality rock. In June 1943 the final bill for the project was in; £163;48,006 which is a considerable sum. Although the shelters were used the reducing frequency of the bombing raids meant that it never saw the levels of use it was designed for.

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    And we are in, little bit of a squeeze!!

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    Some of the better graffiti, on the blast walls


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    Some seemingly endless corridors

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    Remains of structural safety measures during intended purpose use

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    Some of the old equipment/lighting ect

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    Emergency escape hatch,now well sealed off...

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    Seems they used alphabetical mapping during intended use

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    Toilet block remains, looks like someone took a sledge hammer to them!!!

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    how old does this look..??

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    mascot from a newer age

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    More of that poor graffiti, but the name in that second picture rings a bell. Guess someone beat me to it...

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    Storage cupboard perhaps first aid? looks like it has some age to it.

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    quick one in monochrome as we left.


    Thanks for looking
    cheers all
     

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  2. Oort

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    Nice one, not heard of these ones before.
     
  3. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Bugger, we were in the area over the weekend checking on the Tranmere Shelter as well & i was telling the lads about these ....small world ;)

    Nice first report mate :thumb
    Looks a lot like Tranmere which is probably no coincidence.
    How was the air quality inside ? i only ask as i found a low 02 section after going up into one of the capped exits, which caused a little :turd moment
     
  4. Underground anarchists

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    Cheers,

    Air seemed OK, just found the temperature very walm inside compared to outside, although I did have a bit of a bad head for a few hours after... Not sure if that was the cause of it. Yes I've had a look at Tranmere on here it looks much more preserved, but structure looks very weak now judging but the ceiling in parts.
     
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    Cheers, yeah probably due to whatevers lying about in the water & the air ;)

    & yeah the ceiling was very prone to collapse inside Tranmere. I never did post my pics up as it was very busy the short period of time before it was sealed up.
     
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    nice pics ,, in pics 5 and 6 is the area where the air is a bit bad in those section
     
  7. Xan_Asmodi

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    I never had a problem with bad air in here. Has anyone taken a 4gas down here, @Ojay ?
     
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    Apart from that time someone blocked us in, no issues with ventilation :eek:
     
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