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bedford air raid shelters

miles22211

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photo taken around 1939 apparently there concrete built tunnels/air raid shelters just behind st johns church and the entrance is still viseable from rope walk opposite homebase were the trees are.
does anyone have any info or explored :)
 

miles22211

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#4
You have all the information you need. Get stuck in!
i will have a stroll :)

and that building is now luxury flats it used to be the old bt building it sat empty for years and had the copper stolen out of it before the refurb

also im new to this but been a online reader for a while i have looked in a few abandoned property over the years and just wondered if anyone is in the bedfordshire area as i dont really know anyone else with this intrest and would be good to get to know a few people :)
 

lxvii

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#5
Hello mate, also from Bedfordshire area and looking to get back into an old pastime of mine. Great lead with the photo, where did you find that? Little looky on Google maps shows a few potential entrances, have you done any exploring yet? Get in touch if you decide to investigate this further bud, would be happy to tag along.
 

miles22211

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#6
heard about it on another site bud, i havnt done any exploring for years but always been an interest im up for meeting a few other people in the area who have the same interest as the people i know are not intrested
 

troglodyte

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#7
Went to check these out over the weekend first we headed straight to the apparent entrance opposite Homebase...

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I can confirm thats not an air raid shelter entrance lol :crazy

We carried on our search but unfortunatly found nothing.
However researched showed shelters at these locations.

Priory steet, (Didn't find anything but likely under the bowling green)

St peters green, (expected this to be easy to find signs of old entrances as its such a small plot of land but no luck)

Bedford park, Huge park (where i suspect that old image of the shelters being constructed was taken) walked around here for an hour or so even bought an ice cream but didn't find anything)

Castle lower school shelter, (this is the only one we didn't recce)
Entrance should be roughly where the marker is.
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I also found this handy link with a map showing locations of alot of the old surface, trench and basement shelters around North shields.
North Shields Air Raid Shelters | North Shields 173

Anyway there should be enough there for someone local with more time to have a look and carry on the research.
Hopefully this helps someone get in at least one. :)
 

I3LiP

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#8
I came across another little gem that gives a bit further insight.

" I was on duty and my instructions were I had to go to Priory Street air raid shelter. There was a big air raid shelter underground in what was Priory Street Recreation Ground and you were just there to make sure that everything was in order, everything was calm. There were quite a number of air raid shelters in Bedford. There was one in Faraday Square. That’s off what was known as the White City off Elstow Road. There were three big ones on St.Peter’s Green, there were three or four big ones on the corner of Bedford Park which is now where Robinson Pool is. Schools had their own shelters but we didn’t go in those. "

I have a sneaking suspicion that at least one of the Bedford Park ones might actually BE Robinson Pool now. I am local so I'll keep digging but I too, am fairly new to this so if anyone else local fancies combining resources then I'd be more than happy to meet up.

Picture is of Faraday Square.

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Edit: Found the site OP's photo was from; http://www.ampthillimages.com/Media/BedWartime-Gall/pages/1939 Bomb Shelters 01.html

Seems like the St Peters Green shelter was an above ground sandbag one, so it's not so much of a surprise there was no evidence of it:

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Also this thread is worth a look: http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/leads-rumours-news/85903-faint-memory-bedford.html

So it seems there's definitely something there and that it might still be accessible.
 

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canute

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#9
The sandbags may be just there to protect the entrance steps down to the underground trench shelter so there could still be something down under
 

Andy-

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#10
There is or was something that could have been an air raid shelters on rope walk, I have been to the entrance (many years ago) but never down it.

It is most defiantly not that waterway troglodyte has photographed but you are in the right area.

Facing Homebase as in the photo, somewhere in that little wooded area behind you is a raised manhole cover. I'm going back 20 years now but it was most defiantly there and at the time was not covered, it was the entrance to a tunnel large enough to be an air raid shelter. I should think it's still there, maybe sealed by now but I know of no works taking place to remove it and it's still scruffy wooded area it was back then.
 
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Andy-

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#11
the entrance is still viseable from rope walk opposite homebase were the trees are.
does anyone have any info or explored :)
From what I remember the entrance would not be visible from Rope Walk. You had to walk in the trees out of sight of the road to get there.

Things may have changed since 20 years ago.
 

Torchman

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#12
From what I remember the entrance would not be visible from Rope Walk. You had to walk in the trees out of sight of the road to get there.

Things may have changed since 20 years ago.
There is definitely a large concrete slab that looks like it may cover an entrance hidden in the trees behind the church, opposite side of the grass and quite easy to locate we found it a few years back, but its about 4' x 3' and about 1' thick so
would take some moving to find out what is really below, and its quite close to the path/road and crossing so very visible!
 

Andy-

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#13
There is definitely a large concrete slab that looks like it may cover an entrance hidden in the trees behind the church, opposite side of the grass and quite easy to locate we found it a few years back, but its about 4' x 3' and about 1' thick so
would take some moving to find out what is really below, and its quite close to the path/road and crossing so very visible!
That sounds promising.
The dimensions are about right. I wonder if it had multiple entrances and the one I visited was well tucked in the trees? But if it is the right one I'll tell you what is under the slab. About a 10ft drop into a passageway that heads in a north & south direction. I did hear a rumour it was a figure of 8 shape but I never went down there so can't confirm that.

This flash earth link has the cross-hair placed on the approximate area of the entrance I saw as a kid. Flash Earth - Zoom into satellite and aerial imagery of the Earth in Flash