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Report - Lymm Dam Air Raid Shelter - February 2017

Lissyfit

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As traditional in Cheshire with its soft sandstone, older cave system were often converted to shelters during the war like the ones in Stockport.

I haven't been able to find out much history about this small shelter but apparently beyond the concrete cap at the end the is another chamber and a tunnel that leads to the church yard but this was blocked off to prevent the road from becoming unstable.

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blitzd

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As traditional in Cheshire with its soft sandstone, older cave system were often converted to shelters during the war like the ones in Stockport.

I haven't been able to find out much history about this small shelter but apparently beyond the concrete cap at the end the is another chamber and a tunnel that leads to the church yard but this was blocked off to prevent the road from becoming unstable.

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Amazing to see this place again, I went here in around 2010.
 

Lissyfit

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#5
I couldn't find anything newer than 2010 online anywhere which is kind of what inspired the visit. That and the fact it's really nearby.
 

tigger

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28DL Full Member
#6
The concrete was put in during road strengthening work in the 1970s (should be possible to find out exactly when by looking through the LUDC minutes). I don't recall there being much more than the chamber there before the concrete was poured but we had other more interesting playgrounds nearby. It was also around this time that they started the cycle of bricking the two entrances up.
The likelyhood of a tunnel to St Mary's is very slim - why would quarry workers need the tunnel (or why would the church - neither rectory was in that direction and if it was just to get away from the church then two other shorter routes exist). It would also have to go under the lake.
 

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