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Report - Carshalton Air Raid Shelter - Sutton - August 2016

silentwalker

28DL Full Member
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History
The shelter was constructed with pre-cast reinforced concrete sections for the walls and ceilings and insitu concrete for the stairs and floors with an internal steel frame that appears to provide lateral stability for the pre-cast concrete panels.

There were 3 main stair entrances into the shelter all are circa 1.4m wide. The shelter consists of corridors, laid out in a series of doglegs which we understand provided some blast protection in the event of a nearby bomb explosion. The passageways are all c. 1.4m wide and 1.8m high internally, dimensions being dictated by the pre-cast wall and roof sections. The passage floors were generally clear apart from 2 of the corridors where it would appear that the timber benches had been collected and burnt after the war.

The shelter provided basic facilities for the comfort of its occupants, and would appear to have had some form of electric lighting powered either by battery or from the mains, and supplied by wires running through steel conduit, which still survives in some areas. At the ends of each corridor a recessed area was provided for occupants to boil water on a concrete plinth. A vent pipe carried the steam to the surface.

A toilet block was located in the centre of the shelter and would appear to have been split for Ladies & Gentlemen. The toilet block appears to be constructed in rendered brickwork with a reinforced insitu concrete roof spanning between a concrete beam.

The shelter was built to help keep people in the nearby cottage hospital safe. Carshalton was hit a number of times by German Luftwaffe bombers during the war and also suffered a number of V1 rocket strikes.

The Explore
Visited with @Porker of the night . This was our last stop for the night, a nice little find but not a very photogenic place at all. It is all very same same but still worth popping our heads in, would have been rude not to.

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Cheers for having a ganders :thumb