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UK AEI Cable Works Air Raid Shelter Febuary 2015

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Wasnt going to do a report as ive bunged the odd one up here and there but the wifes blocked my view of the tv with a table she is painting so here goes..

We first visited this place back in 2011 with some comedy gold access to boot!

Access was as funny if not funnier this time round ,Big shout to Woody on this one,thanks matey!

Brief history stolen from underground Kent

The company W T Henley has always been highly regarded for the manufacture of cable and electrical components and was clearly the company of choice when a system had to be devised as a countermeasure to the growing threat of German magnetic mines during the Second World War. As a result, a new site was constructed in 1939 in Gravesend for W T Henley and a complex of tunnels built underneath to provide air raid shelter for the company’s employees

With at least six entrances, the air raid shelter was very clearly signed internally to ensure that there was no confusion when looking for your allocated space. Cut into chalk and lined with prefabricated concrete, the shelter tunnels were well laid out, including first aid areas and numerous latrines – in the form of Elson buckets.

The tunnels themselves don’t seem to have much in the way of documented history unlike the cable works..

pics...

I probably have more shots of this but these happen to be on my flickr and i cba with photobucket these days so this is what you get ;)

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Explored with non member Trav who without i may still be down there now..

Edited by Wevsky

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Great shots :)

How did you light the longer ones?

All lit by myself and a Lenser P7.2 and long exposures with me running around

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Good old henleys. It's a shame we were all asleep when this closed it's doors as the factory its self would have been exploring gold. Never the less, the shelter is still good for a mooch. :thumb

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Good old henleys. It's a shame we were all asleep when this closed it's doors as the factory its self would have been exploring gold. Never the less, the shelter is still good for a mooch. :thumb

We had a little poke at the remains of the factory in 2011 all be it not much was standing

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Nice report there mate, those tunnels look pretty minty fresh :thumb

it's well worth the effort mate if this is your kinda thing :)

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Very nice that mate il have to get the missus to jump in front of the TV more often :thumb

well its all very samey,seen one pic seen them all ;)

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That's really nice. Anything at all standing above now?

No mate its all clear and level..awaiting for building work,but i think theres some delay due to an old bear pit they uncovered that they are trying to save

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