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Report - Pagefield Air Raid Shelters, Wigan - July 2013

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Tom Sherman, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Tom Sherman

    Tom Sherman 28DL Regular User
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    :D Visited with Peta Prescott & Jo Black :D

    I had a message off Peta Prescott and Jo Black asking if I would like to meet up in wigan and go do a few places, and like always I jumped at the chance.
    We had a poke in barley brook culvert and Pagefield mill that was turned into a collage and finally the air raid shelter.
    Ive been looking for these shelters for a few years now and yesterday we found them, I had been looking in the wrong area and with luck peta & jo knew roughly the right area.
    It was a good laugh watching Jo & Peta squeeze through the gaps in the fence with boobs getting in the way lol

    Thanks for the meet up girls, I loved it :thumb

    Here is some info

    A CAMPAIGN to save air raid shelters under a Wigan park has been launched by two students.

    Many homes across the borough had home-made Anderson shelters dug into their back gardens to escape the Nazi bombs of the second world war but virtually all are now long gone.

    But the maze of air raid shelters which protected hundreds of workers at the Rylands Spinning Mills and Pagefield Iron Works complex are still bearing witness to the hostilities more than 60 years after the end of the conflict, even if they are now securely capped against intruders.

    Now two Wigan school pupils who are interested in history are trying to save the concrete tunnels which are said to run under Mesnes Park in Wigan town centre.

    They face an uncertain future because they lie on the boundary of land bought by property developers MCR Properties for a housing redevelopment scheme which will include the former Pagefield Mill, latterly the Pagefield annexe of Wigan and Leigh College

    Here are my shots please enjoy

    Some of my shots are a little blurry sorry




















    Here is a link to a video I found online, the video is shot inside the shelters.

    Wigan WW2 Bunkers, Wigan Tunnel Network. UE - YouTube

    Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyd
    #1 Tom Sherman, Jul 11, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2013

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  2. Baxy

    Baxy Natural Born Explorer
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    is there still an entrance?
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