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Report - Brinksway Air Raid Shelters, Stockport, July 16

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by 350cewild, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. 350cewild

    350cewild 28DL Full Member
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    This Place has gone Nuts recently as its really on people's radar, I can't believe the council haven't cottoned on yet. I never been into anything like this before, yes been in caves and bunkers but nothing so close to home and steeped in history. There's no point going for the sake of it, it's just one of those places if you like history you can get a taster of a time gone by.

    I loved the smell of it, I went on the hottest day of the year so far, so the coolness was so welcoming. We all know what the tunnels look like, I have a habit of taking in details of places so this is what I have done in these images. We took a theta 360 camera down there too just for something different in joint effort.

    Opened in 1939, the shelters were the largest purpose-built civilian air raid shelters in the country.

    They were originally designed to provide shelter for up to 3,850 people but due to demand they were extended to accommodate as many as 6,500 during the second world war.

    This labyrinth of tunnels, nearly a mile long, were carved out of the red sandstone hills on which Stockport stands. During the dark days of the Blitz they provided shelter and a way of life for families from in and around Stockport.

    In 1996, Stockport Council re-opened the shelters as a visitor attraction. They have been imaginatively restored to give visitors the feel of the era and struggle that Britain was facing.

    The shelters were fitted with basic amenities: electric lights, benches and bunk beds, flushing toilets, first aid post and sick bay - there were even facilities for nursing mothers!

    In the war the shelters were nicknamed the Chestergate Hotel because of the ‘luxurious’ standard of accommodation they offered the shelters also had 16-seater toilets

    Everyone had to possess a gas mask and carry it with them wherever they went.




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  2. Alyxxxx

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    I thought that was only oblivion state members :p

    Seriously though, looks like an alright explore, but shame about the vandalism and graff
     
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    Nice report! This definitely sounds like an interesting place and well worth the wander.
     
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  5. 350cewild

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    hahaha! The vandals don't seem to have the balls to go that far in so it gets better as you go along...
     
  6. UrbanZ

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    Nice explore, some cool pics there :thumb
     
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    As this is the Brinksway Shelter as the title suggests ? Then why is all the write up about the Chestergate Shelter ?

    I think a Chestergate Shelters trip would be a very worthwhile visit for you, as there"s sections that actually have something interesting for you to take pics of, and are already lit up for you, which would help your pics dramatically :thumb
     
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