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Report - Deep Level Shelter in Coulsdon, Surrey – October 2015



kkj

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#1
Although this place has been covered numerous times previously, the reports have always been pretty decent and I have not seen a very recent post, so Carcrazy and I thought we would give it a go.

This place was surprisingly easy to find and access. It was pretty clear there had been a rave down there within the recent past although the tunnels were still full of interesting objects from old bikes, tractors, engines and lawnmowers etc. well worth a look if you’re in the area!

Sure some of you will be pleased this place is still standing!

History

Around the time of WW2 Surrey County Council commissioned the building of four deep shelters, Coulsdon Deep Shelter was the fourth and was built within the grounds of Cane Hill Asylum. After the war, the shelter was purchased by Cox, Hargreaves and Thomson, Limited who specialised in the manufacture of optical devices – mainly lenses for huge telescopes, however, the main drawback of the tunnels was the cold and damp conditions within them, this played havoc with corroding equipment and the moral of the workforce. To combat this, the company brought a refrigerator and wired it backwards so that it could act as a crude air-conditioning unit.

Cox, Hargreaves and Thomson finally left the tunnels in the early 70s and the company subsequently wound up in 1978. After this they were used as a garage for a small length of time, but abandoned again because of the same problems faced by Cox, Hargreaves and Thomson. It was the later used as a dump for old VW car parts and the tunnels were then sealed by the local council.

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Palisade

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#2
Hi kkj. I attempted to get in here earlier this year, May, June, can't quite remember... but when we got there, a HUGE pile of clay had been dumped on top of the entrance. Dig you dig through it?? We decided that it would require shovels, and would still take a very long time...
 

kkj

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#5
Hi kkj. I attempted to get in here earlier this year, May, June, can't quite remember... but when we got there, a HUGE pile of clay had been dumped on top of the entrance. Dig you dig through it?? We decided that it would require shovels, and would still take a very long time...
Nope, no digging needed :) well worth a look if your in the area!
 

Bertie Bollockbrains

The Spice Must Stop
Regular User
#7
Can confirm that access is easy, somebody has dug through all that clay and they left the spade in nearby bushes. Lots of those little Nitrous Oxide cylinders and beer cans littering the place. How come I never get invited to these raves? Am I too old or something? Just be wary of asbestos once you go pass the large tractor wheels on the left side of the shelter.
 

Grom

Camera Drowner
Regular User
#8
It was only a matter of time till someone with a spade and a lot of spare time came along. I might have to do a re-visit, I went here for my first ever explore about this time last year.
 

kkj

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#9
It was only a matter of time till someone with a spade and a lot of spare time came along. I might have to do a re-visit, I went here for my first ever explore about this time last year.
I agree this place is pretty cool!