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Report - Dodge Hill air raid shelter

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Stamp It, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Stamp It

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    Took us a while to find the entrance to this one, and resulted in a few torn clothes, but it was well worth it. A lot of the other reports seemed to have limited numbers of pictures so we werent really prepared for the size of it inside - a lot of the corridors look pretty similar tho.

    Here is a little bit of history about the place stolen from "ww2museums.com":

    "The Dodge Hill deep level shelter is one of three deep level air raid shelters in Stockport, which were dug into the red sandstone on which the town centre stands on. The smallest of the tunnel shelters could accommodate 2,000 civilians and the largest 6,500 civilians. The shelters were constructed in 1938 and 1939. Stockport was bombed for the first time on 11 October 1940"

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    We found quite a few of the original entrances to the tunnels, but they had been long since bricked up

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    From within this entrance led down the main steps. You can see out through the holes onto the street outside

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    The tunnels were dug out by hand, and you can still see the distinctive pickaxe marks in the rock walls

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    A lot of the corridors were lined with the original steel meshed beds (a whole spectrum of disrepair)

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    One of two toilet blocks:

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    With the original bucket toilet

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    We found a few things lying around inside

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    More beds...not in quite as good condition

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    and even some tipped on their side which to us resembled airport metal detectors

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    And finally some water droplets gathered on the ceiling quite deep into the shelter.

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