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Report - Victoria Arches and WW2 air raid shelter, Manchester, Jan 2012

The Kwan

Easily Led
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covered many times but thankyou to MJS for the info, visited with sephiroth
in 1852 the life-boat Challenger was built and launched from the Arches and they have had several different uses over the years. Serving as business premises, landing stages for Steam packet riverboats, and also as World War II air-raid shelters. During the first half of 1897 more than 200,000 passengers were carried on trips around Manchester Docks, with holiday seasons the most popular periods. However the landing stages were closed in 1906.During World War II the stages and tunnels surrounding them were converted into air-raid shelters. The conversion, which included additional brick blast walls, took three months at a cost of £10,150 and provided shelter for 1,619 people.

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picture below by Philld
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the arches as above from inside
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The steps that are now bricked up
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The gents bogs
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The safe
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the main drag.next stop ladies bogs
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once this housed the power supplies for the arches but now just vents onto the river
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stalagtites, stalagmites..i just dont know
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hiding from the luftwaffe was boring so noughts and crossed always sufficed
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Bit more graff "every valley shall be filled every mountain shall be brought low"
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Last one " gratuities not allowed in 1966"
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Thanks for looking
 

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