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Report - Shorts Tunnels Rochester december 2012

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Wevsky, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. Wevsky

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    Sorry this ones dated back so many months ,we kinda hung on for a certain person to clear his back log and start posting stuff before we did and it kinda got shoved to the back of the HDD while we waited..so no sign of any posts from said man so im posting..

    After seeing the many reports online since i first got into the UE scene i always wanted to get into this place,we had looked it was sealed .So when Troglodyte gave us the heads up it was doable we got down there like a shot

    Visited with SpaceInvader and Obscurity....

    A little borrowed history..

    These 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.

    On with some pics,and sorry there is many of them!

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    Sorry its a tad pic heavy was my first time down here and theres soo very many tunnels

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    Thanks for being patient enough to view the many images!!
     

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