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Report - Bidston Deep shelters, Merseyside March 2013

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by The Kwan, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. The Kwan

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    Visited with Xan Asmodi

    So I heard a whisper and got straight on the phone to Xan who hot footed it down to see if the old tart really did have her draws down and within an hour we were standing inside the Bidston Deep shelters, we had missed getting in last time by hours, so we have made up for it by making numerous visits.
    We bumbed into the lads who did the Deed with a Jenny and a Kango hammer and it was a proper job too, just check the video.

    Some history about the Shelters, stolen shamelessly from internetville
    Bidston Underground Tunnels For many of the earlier generation the tunnels beneath Bidston were a place to play, a place to explore and a place to hide from the world. But for many years now the tunnels have been shut off from the outside world due to lack of maintenance and persistent health & safety issues. With the exception of the occasional opening to the public, the tunnels are now permanently closed. Minutes of Wirrals Civil Defence Emergency Committee in 1941 reveal that the peninsulas skilled workforce saw it granted almost unprecedented funds to establish two deep air raid shelters. One sprawling under Tranmere around Olive Mount, Thompson Street and Holborn Hill.. The other under Bidston Hills Rhododendron Garden with its entrance facing Hoylake Road. Tickets were to be handed out to ensure access to residents in the event of an air raid. By June 1943 the final bill for the project was £163;48,006 with the corporation paying £163;6510. The tunnels were 7 feet wide and 6 feet high with a large arched roof. A reporter in 1943 advised that due to the unreliable nature of the rock costs increased, and it was noted that the unskilled workforce available had been markedly inferior to the Tranmere Shelter. Less explosives were required in Bidston, and the spoil was tipped close to the entrance which accounts for the rise in the grassed land around the Hoylake Road area. Emergency Committee minutes also reveal that during construction the project was plagued with trespassers and vandalism, Although it never saw the scale of use it was intended for, tickets do still exist and people did shelter under Bidston. 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 last attempt at sealing this place up, concrete overload

    This place really is derped into shitsville and so much of this graffiti has been done in the last fortnight

    The Lavatoir block

    The Honda 90 still lives here

    one of the many junctions

    This place really is fucked but still you feel a huge sense of History when walking around.


    Thanks for looking

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