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    Not one for hi-jacking someone elses thread I've decided to post this separately to Mr Tbolts "Shelter in the Park".

    Now this particular Air Raid shelter was built to protect the folk working for the war effort in a building of iconic status in Liverpool. To call it the L*****w**ds air raid shelter would be irresponsible of me! So, Shhhh.. "Don't tell em your name Pike!"

    If y'all want a "History Bit" then Google it yourselves or check this link: Littlewoods Air Raid Shelter

    So elusive is this shelter that it verges on urban legend, never mind urban exploring. Just so happens that I am a member of 'the' volunteer historical organization 'The Friends of Williamson Tunnels' (FoWT) Who, in conjunction with Sub-Britannica and permission of Liverpool City Council (LCC) were the ones who opened the shelter in 2012, after it being sealed for over 40 years. Now bear in mind, I work each Sunday with said volunteers who were party and present when the shelter was opened in 2012. Tales of forced entry and Oxy meters going bonkers when they were down there, plus being assured that they re-sealed and landscaped away any trace of the access led me to conclude...Bollox! and Bah-Humbug!

    So, imagine my surprise when t'other week I gets a call off my favourite Greater Manchestertarian Mr Tbolt telling me the shelter was open! "Feck off Nob head, it's 'PROPER' sealed is that!" His persistence led me to make haste to check for me self... And guess what? He was only right! (C**T)


    Explored with Tbolt, Mr. Pig, Frosty & Co.


    Found after 'Mucho' Googling... 1940 aerial photo of the shelters 14 entrances fed by a series of 'open' concrete lined slit trenches.



    The shelter is Approx 300m (985ft) in length and 18m (58ft) wide and comprises 15 concrete rectangular seating areas. Directions were probably a good idea.

    DSC_0022 by chris palmer, on Flickr

    Not easy finding pics y'all haven't seen already...

    DSC_0015 by chris palmer, on Flickr

    DSC_0012 by chris palmer, on Flickr

    _DSC2428 by chris palmer, on Flickr

    _DSC2433 by chris palmer, on Flickr



    _DSC2438 by chris palmer, on Flickr

    _DSC2439 by chris palmer, on Flickr

    _DSC2445 by chris palmer, on Flickr

    20180911_175031 by chris palmer, on Flickr

    Chemical toilets, collected as if for removal but left behind.
    20180911_181622 by chris palmer, on Flickr

    Due to either a hasty build or dodgy sub-soil, one half of the shelter is sinking under it's own weight causing the concrete floor to fail. This gets progressively worse the further you go.

    20180911_181642 by chris palmer, on Flickr

    20180911_182000 by chris palmer, on Flickr

    Finally, after much sweating and breathing of stale air... The ALL CLEAR!

    DSC_0021 by chris palmer, on Flickr


    Ironically, despite Hitler's Luftwaffe attacks during the Blitz plus 80 years lying undisturbed. The shelter was "BLOWN UP" by a sell out urbexer paid to bullshit the Daily Snail that "HE" discovered the shelter (3 weeks after our visit) Result = LCC proper sealing it for God knows how long! Cheers CJUrbex!!!

    Ta for looking
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    Nice One MR Snake, Thanks
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    Pleasure was all mine squire Smiler
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    Great report Snake. Made me chuckle to read what you thought of it and everybody else too.

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    Great stuff. Thanks.

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    The 1940 photograph and the modern image showing the internal flooding is all the evidence needed to explain the damage to the floors. Due to developments in the area, the ground water strata has been drastically altered and the weight of the overall structure is causing the very small footprint of the 'foundations' to sink into the soft ground. This actually is a fairly common problem with these structures - they were built for one, very short term purpose and not expected to be standing pristine, eighty years down the line. Which is why many were demolished in the late 50's / early 60's, as they offered no protection from nuclear fallout and blast.

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    Love your write ups snakes lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirus_Strictus View Post
    The 1940 photograph and the modern image showing the internal flooding is all the evidence needed to explain the damage to the floors. Due to developments in the area, the ground water strata has been drastically altered and the weight of the overall structure is causing the very small footprint of the 'foundations' to sink into the soft ground. This actually is a fairly common problem with these structures - they were built for one, very short term purpose and not expected to be standing pristine, eighty years down the line. Which is why many were demolished in the late 50's / early 60's, as they offered no protection from nuclear fallout and blast.
    Yeah, what he said. It only effects a third of the structure and I initially thought it was tree roots breaking through as the cracking starts small, but quickly becomes so acute that it becomes very difficult to negotiate. Then I came across a wall with a crack from floor to ceiling, and that's when I realized it was subsidence. When speaking to the guys who went down there in 2012, it was like that back then also so maybe it's settled?

    Thanks for your input Dirus
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    Quote Originally Posted by Electric View Post
    Great report Snake. Made me chuckle to read what you thought of it and everybody else too.
    Lol... I'm an idiot I know, but I do try to be an entertaining idiot!
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    Top work snake as always and a pleasure to see ya
    Don't panic, be reet!!!

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