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Saturday, October 18, 2008
Coulsdon Deep Shelter, Surrey
This large public air raid shelter is one of four which were proposed and built by Surrey Council at the beginning of WW2, the others being at Epsom Downs, Ashley Road in Epsom and Kenley. After the war, the shelter was used by a lense manufacturing company and later as a garage, and most of the internal fixings and equipment seem to date from around this time. The tunnels themselves are lined throughout in brick, and have unfortunately become a dumping ground in recent years.
When I first visited the site, the three entrances the tunnels were in an old chalk pit by the side of a public footpath, when visited some time later the entrances had been filled with concrete and access is longer possible.
Layout plan of shelter
First section of tunnel
Side tunnel, with brick partitions in the wall
This fridge was adapted for use as an air conditioning unit
One of the main tunnel sections
Remains of an early tractor left in the tunnel
In a small room, which possibly held the generator, this vent goes up to open air