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London Road Deep Shelter, Portsmouth

London Road Shelter in the Portsdown area of Portsmouth was constructed as a shelter during the second world war. The second deep shelter of its type in Portsmouth it was designed to hold 2’500 people with a contingency for another 1’500 at absolute full capacity. The tunnels are bulit into …

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Farleigh Down Tunnel, Batheaston – Wiltshire

Monkton Farleigh ammunition depot utilised an old stone quarry below a plateau some 450 feet above the valley floor in which ran the main line railway that was its principal source of supply. Before the depot could be commissioned, an efficient means was need to bring in ammunition from the …

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Llanberis Bomb Store, Llanberis

It’s official title is actually ‘Llanberis RAF Reserve Depot (Bomb Store)’  – In 1939 two open quarries were bought by the Air Ministry for use as ammunition storage. The depot consisted of two levels, with access to the lower level by either narrow gauge railway or by truck to delivering …

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Bridge Valley Road Deep Shelter, Bristol

Visited in August 2008 this shelter and former railway tunnel has become one of the hottest topics in Bristol due to the closure of the road that runs over it. At present the road remains close due to a fault running through the rock face and further complications caused by …

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The Forts, Flat Holm Island

Flat Holm island has had two military occupations. First in the 1860’s and again in 1940 during world war 2. In the 1850’s, Queen Victoria & Prince Albert visited france where they became concerned about the strength of the French Navy. The Royal Commission of 1860, under the direction of …

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Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle

The Victoria Tunnel is an early Victorian Grade II listed structure built to transport coal to the River Tyne from a colliery at Spital Tongues, north west of Newcastle upon Tyne’s town centre. As well as being used as a coal waggonway, it was also used as an air-raid shelter …

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Clifton Rocks Railway, Bristol

Have visited this absolutely wonderful site several times in the last few years. So much history crammed into a little known ‘white elephant’ of a site that sits alongside Bristols greatest engineering feat. Last years visit here

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Tyneham Ghost Village, Dorset

Tyneham is a ghost village in south Dorset, England, near Lulworth on the Isle of Purbeck. It remains a civil parish. The village is situated near Worbarrow Bay on the Jurassic Coast, and there have been fishing communities associated with the parish since the Iron Age. The village is mentioned …

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Clifton Rocks Railway, Bristol

Visited initally on the open day in May to see the top station and all the artifacts found and then again today to see the real show – down the tunnels. A bit of history about this little historic and often unknown gem dwarfed by its illustrious neighbour – the …

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