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Report - Shorts Sea plane factory and air raid tunnels. Aug 2013

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by exploraholic, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. exploraholic

    exploraholic Thrillseeker
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    Visited with my brother today following some great info from Vertex, thanks very much for the info!

    Headed down from Suffolk with everything we needed, this was our first underground visit.

    Here is some info on the place that i pulled off another webpage, I do not own this content.

    The tunnels were constructed in 1941 at the rear of the Shorts Seaplane Factory, on the esplanade at Rochester. The original tunnels were two large, brick lined vaults, which were used by the company as a workshop area. These were later connected, by a 1,300 ft tunnel, to a series of underground passages, which were constructed as a public air raid shelter. The air raid tunnels contain a number of original stenciled signs, for 'No Smoking' and for toilets, and are formed of two main parallel tunnels with intersecting spur tunnels. Both the factory tunnels and the air raid shelters have emergency escape adits, which exit in the cliff face at regular intervals or lead to shafts with manhole covers on the surface. There is a great deal of interesting WW2 graffiti to be found in the air raid tunnels, including drawings of planes etc. After the war, the tunnels were used by construction company Blaw Knox as storage, and documents from this time can be found scattered around. The tunnels have remained abandoned since the 1990s, when Blaw Knox left, and a housing estate has been built on the factory site. The tunnel system has now been sealed :cool to prevent further vandalism

    For the photographers out there,:Not Worthy please excuse the pics, im no photographer although i tried my best, wanted to spend more time exploring rather than fiddling with my camera!:thumb

    We spent one hour underground which was no way near enough to see it all but time was limited!

    To some it up, its a very interesting place to visit and we thoroughly enjoyed the outing, lets hope it stays open for a little while longer before they close off the entrance.

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    #1 exploraholic, Aug 20, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2013

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