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Offline TowerWill

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Re: Shelters in the grounds of Dover Castle
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2016, 21:30:41 »
Hello again delboy. Thanks for the map. I've found a similar map in my old guide book. I believe this was all on your old milk round so you would be familiar with the shelter. Quite a few changes nearby. That little car park and access road under the tank traps looks like it's been filled in and grassed over.

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Re: Shelters in the grounds of Dover Castle
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2016, 19:24:00 »
Hi Towerwill, here is a map showing golf course and clubhouse.

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Re: Shelters in the grounds of Dover Castle
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2016, 12:04:41 »
I believe the school was once the club house of a small golf course used by the army officers stationed nearby. An old OS map of mine showed the course being in the field behind the club house. The field is now used as an overflow car park for the Castle and grazed by sheep. I too remember the shelters being open and very unpleasant inside.

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Re: Shelters in the grounds of Dover Castle
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2016, 21:09:47 »
A clearer picture of one of the remaining air raid shelters.

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Re: Shelters in the grounds of Dover Castle
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2012, 15:24:09 »


The very unclear writing reads, 'Wartime shelters, modern fortifications'.
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Re: Shelters in the grounds of Dover Castle
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2011, 23:26:44 »
Many schools in the south east had air raid shelters, this may seem strange as many school children were evacuated away from Hell Fire Corner.  The reason was that at the beginning of the war London was expected to be bombed and children from there were evacuated down here and schools were prepared for this.  As we all know it turned out that the south east corner was the hot spot so many of the children were evacuated away.  JohnG

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Re: Shelters in the grounds of Dover Castle
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2011, 20:13:50 »
I think you will find that they were,as unfairytale says, built mainly for the small school that was next to the MQs. I believe that all schools had to have shelter facilities during the war,delboy

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Re: Shelters in the grounds of Dover Castle
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2011, 20:58:56 »
I've been in them, although it wasn't really worth it as they were full of rubbish and smelt like toilets.
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Re: Shelters in the grounds of Dover Castle
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2011, 20:30:05 »
Interesting you say they were sealed in the 80's unfairytail, the concrete slab that covers the entrance looks a lot older than that.

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Re: Shelters in the grounds of Dover Castle
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2011, 20:17:39 »
They're semi sunken air-raid shelters with two entrances. They were sealed in the late 1980's. Before then they were easily accessed as English Heritage hadn't put up that spiked metal fence. There was a small building about 20 yards away that was once a school where the Sea Cadet hall now stands.
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Re: Shelters in the grounds of Dover Castle
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2011, 19:38:00 »
Looks like air raid shelters.
Was there an AA battery in that area?
Maybe it's big horse I'm a Londoner. :{

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Shelters in the grounds of Dover Castle
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2011, 17:55:34 »
Whilst wandering the other day I noticed the two shelters that are well blocked up on the piece of ground next to the Deal/Dover road to the side of the castle.

Sorry for the poor quality Pic, you can just see one of the blocked entrances to the right. Is there any info on these we know about please?

Andy


 

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