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Report - Girls' Air Raid Shelter, St. John's School, Redhill

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by agk, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. agk

    agk 28DL Regular User
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    Upon the outbreak of war in 1939, two underground shelters were hastily constructed for St. John's School, Redhill under common land next to the school.


    One for the boys, and this one for the girls and infants.



    They even installed electric lighting, but a contemporary report says conditions weren't of course pleasant, with water dropping from the ceiling.



    6-foot-long wooden benches were hooked into rings attached to the walls.




    Escape hatch.



    Similar shelters were constructed at many schools, including Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone.

    By the summer of 1944, a third of all school hours had to be spent in the shelter and so they decided to evacuate many children to South Wales.

    Many thanks to the school for allowing access.
    #1 agk, Feb 25, 2010
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2010

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