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My Nan's Air Raid Shelter - 2014

Nelly

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Ventured out with Skeleton Key, Lara and Laird Tam

We had got a tip off abut a shaft under Harlow but we didn't have a clue what it was, it had us stumped for a couple of weeks and I even emailed Subbrit

I knew I should have just asked my Nan!!!

Not only did my wise old Nan know about it, she's been in it several times!!!

It turns out that the owner of Netteswell House was a Mr Lauritzen, he was the owner of Lauritzen Water Treatment, I knew my Nan worked for him when I was a kid but I only remember her working in building that was in Old Harlow

Well it turns out that during the war years Mr Lauritzen had some outbuildings at the rear of Netteswell House that his staff worked in

The Bunker was his private Air Raid Shelter, my Nan said that when the siren sounded then all the workers along with Mr Lauritzen and the staff of the house would go into the shelter, apparently it had lighting and benches and they would stay in there until the all clear was given and then they would return to work

They would go in through the main door from the apple orchard and the shaft that we entered by was the emergency exit.

When I told my Nan that we got about 60 foot into it she said that was about it, so it appears that behind the bricks would be a bit of mud and then the wall that joins the car park at the top of a newer housing estate

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The basic layout is like this. At the bottom of the shaft there was a small drop, about 2 foot and then you were in the main area, this was about 20 metres long and then you reached a doorway this led to the 2nd chamber which was only about 6 foot square and then the bricked up doorway. The door with the rusty reinforced bars was in this 2nd chamber so I'm guessing that it came from the bricked up doorway























I have a short video of the place here.........





 
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So much mystery to this one, hope we do find out exactly what it is! It was a brill afternoon and nice shots as well Mr Nelly :)

 

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so n the surface directly above the bricked up section!any surface remains?

 

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might be on to something there dude,hopefully some of the bricks will fall out ;) so you can see what's lurking,looks to big to be a ROC post

 

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Alright own up, who's Fritzel Bunker is this - Skeleton Key is this where you dispose of all the Mofo's?

Looks interesting for sure (y)

 
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Moved and renamed as we've solved the mystery :)

 

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How funny was the outcome on this one mate as with additional and conflicting information had other possibilities.

Im glad the correct purpose has been found as was going to go through that wall lol Kidding of course :eek:

Was a fun afternoon (y)

Im ringing the fail :p

Plus how many people have splored the air raid shelter there Nan hunkered down in in WW2 Classic

 
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How funny was the outcome on this one mate as with additional and conflicting information had other possibilities.Im glad the correct purpose has been found as was going to go through that wall lol Kidding of course :eek:

Was a fun afternoon (y)

Im ringing the fail :p

Plus how many people have splored the air raid shelter there Nan hunkered down in in WW2 Classic
I know mate, its amazing to think that I was mooching about where she had sheltered from the German Bombers 70 years earlier!!

She said to my Mum "Tell him not to go back down there, it could be dangerous!!"

Bless her, she's 91

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Brilliant, mystery solved :)

:comp

 

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It was an air raid shelter then, nice one mate :)

 
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It was an air raid shelter then, nice one mate :)
It was mate, I'm chuffed that we solved it and with the family connection but I'm also gutted that it wasn't the entrance to something bigger!!1

 

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Great to see the mystery has been solved! Love the story!!

 

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lovely to see it solved, cracking shots btw :)

 
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