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    Default London Road Air-Raid Shelter Portsmouth (Pic Heavy)


    The Air-Raid Shelter was constructed in the chalk underneath Portsdown Hill for the citizens of Portsmouth during WWII.

    There are various different areas within the 30,000 sq ft tunnel system which could officially hold 2,535 people, although this was doubled in times of need.

    A fantastic site, huge and which unfortunately i could only spend an hour inside. It's difficult to access, and hard to convey the feeling you get from being in there, amazing place!!!

    More infomation can be found here http://www.portsdown-tunnels.org.uk/...helter_p1.html

    Onto the pic's...

    Just a few pictures of the network of tunnels, most would have lined with three tier bunk beds either side.










    Two mopeds








    A Ladies Lavatory block, signage and ventilation duct.










    A Gentlemans Lavatory block, roll holder, cistern etc










    A Generator Room, the concrete plinth would have housed a generator, although only the fixing bolts remain.




    Main entrance, thoroughly blocked! Rusty mattress stood against the right wall.




    Blast wall, located just behind the main entrance.




    The entrance and inside the Wardens office which housed an electrical switchgear and tannoy system. (2nd picture taken from http://www.portsdown-tunnels.org.uk/...helter_p1.html)








    West side ventilation shaft. Similar shaft on the East side of the shelter.






    Unsure of its purpose?




    Assortment of other bits




























    Bunks (Picture taken from http://www.portsdown-tunnels.org.uk/...helter_p1.html)



    Mattress




    Medical area, half brick walls either side to improve hygiene etc



    Last edited by Harry; 29th Dec 10 at 17:30.

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    Nice post! Well preserved place too.

    Perhaps the mystery trough is some type of drain which could then be pumped out once it was getting full? It appears to have some pipe going into it.

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    Great report on somewhere you don't see much of though I don't think I'd like to have been down there in a raid, so oppressive.
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    Nice report and photos, you captured it well! This is one of my favourite places to explore in Portsmouth. I've been down a few times.

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    Nice report Son, shame i couldn't get in, must try harder next time or loose some weight ;)

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    Nice first report, the mystery trough is for drinking water, there used to be a sign above it where the blank mark is, looks like someone s nicked it or its fallen in there. I got proper wedged in the access to this place, thought I was going to die

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    P.S. heres a map of the tunnels to show the scale,

    A Western escape route
    B Main entrance.
    C Eastern escape route
    D Blast wall built of brick
    E Shelter wardens office
    F Canteen
    G First aid post
    H Toilets
    J Ventilation / rescue shafts
    K Emergency generator room

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    Very well done. Not many people have been in here as access is extremely difficult, great first report.
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    Lots of orbs! Dont tell Most Haunted or the place will be knee deep in ghost hunters!:)

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    The 'drinking water' sign which used to be above that trough is now on the floor by the access point, next to two bottles of smart price water :D

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