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Report - Clapham North Deep Level Shelter, March 2011.

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  1. Ojay

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    Clapham North Deep Level Shelter

    This was a flying visit with MJS, we didn't have chance to see it all, but still glad I managed to see a good chunk of it. We bumped into Maniac, Frosty & Fortnox whilst down there which wasn't really surprising!


    There were eight deep level shelters built between 1941-1942 underneath existing London Underground stations

    Since the war, plans were drawn up to utilise the tunnels as an express rail route, but were soon dropped due to lack of funding

    London Underground have since took control of the shelters, all of which have been leased out except for Clapham

    30M Down the mainshaft via a spiral staircase are two 1400ft long tubes, with connecting tunnels and a now bricked up link to Clapham North Station

    The shelter was originally designed to house 8,000 people during the blitz of WW2



    Pillbox surface building - Contains lift machinery and double helix staircase 30M down the main shaft to 'Deep Level'

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    (Pic © Nick Catford - Subbrit)


    Shelter Diagram

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    Top Of Main Shaft/Spiral Staircase

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    Once down we entered the short cross-link tunnel, linking the 2 x 1400ft tunnels heading North & South

    The tunnel construction is unique, in that 2 bisecting circular tunnels had been mined to form the top and bottom level of the shelter thus providing more space

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    Northbound Cross-link Entrance/Passageway

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    South Tunnel

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    Gents Toilets - You can still see the urinals on the walls

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    Flight Of Stairs - Leading to Clapham Station platforms

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    Ventilation pipes for Clapham Station

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    Bricked Up Access To Clapham Station

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    North Tunnel

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    Stairwell - Down to lower section of Deep Level Shelter

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    We were pushed for time so I headed back up leaving MJS to take a couple of pics down here whilst I stalled the others

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    It was great to finally see this place, Shouts to Tommo & Wevsky for the tip-off :thumb
     

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