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London Road air-raid shelter, Portsmouth - (Visited 2010) 2013

Harry

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Built in the chalk for the citizens of Portsmouth in the event of an air-raid during WWII, it's easily the best air-raid shelter i've visited, a true time capsule of which i can't convey the feelings that were stirred inside or how oppressive it might have felt back in the day. But armed with a compact i visited in 2010, so excuse the quality of my pictures because i realise they don't compare to many but i thought i'd share nonetheless.

The 30,000 square ft tunnel system could officially hold 2,535 people, although this was doubled in times of need.



This is one of the generator rooms, the concrete plinth would have housed a generator, although only the fixing bolts remain.



The scrapman didn't take all of the bunk beds which would've lined many areas of the complex.



Lot's of signage inside to direct the citizens it served, here is two examples.





One of the lavatories within the shelter.





Two mopeds are rusting within, one is a Bianchi, who now produce some of the best bicycles in the world.



I doubt this notice will last another 70 years.



One of the escape shafts, i went up but it is sealed, no sign of it on the surface either.



... and that will donkey do, hope you enjoyed! :)

 
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Something ive wanted to see myself now for many years..thanks for sharing Harry (y)

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That's brilliant Harry, a proper time capsule indeed :)

 

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Love the signs make its use more real somehow, thanks for sharing Harry :)

 

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That's flipping lovely Harry, looks like it might be a tad on the big side, loving all the original signage !

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That's rather awesome Harold, you got good pics and a nice bit of write up, like the plan you included, it looks huge! I'd love to see this.. cheers (y)

 
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Thanks guys, appreciate the kind comments! :)

 
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