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8th Apr 12, 21:31
Join Date: March 2012
Location: Folkestone, Kent
After a very drunken 40th birthday yesterday some much need fresh air and a spur of the moment explore saw my eldest boy and myself escape over to Dover for a couple of hours. They have been done and reported on many times before so here we go !
A bit of history...
These tunnels, in the former Winchelsea Quarry, were used during WW2 as air raid shelters. They were constructed in the form of four parallel corridors with two intersecting passages. There were four original entrances in the quarry and two more which spur off from a junction at the opposite end of the tunnel.
The quarry entrances were used as workshops by the company which owned the tunnels and the other two entrances have been sealed. One was located behind the Westmount building and the other was located in another chalk pit in Tower Hamlets, where the houses of 'The Abbots' road are now located. According to ARP records of the time, the shelter was designed to accommodate just over 1,000 people. Some wartime photos still remain of people sheltering in these tunnels as well as many dated etchings on the chalk walls
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