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Offline peterchall

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Re: Gravesend Schools, Brick Built Surface Air-Raid Shelters
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2015, 14:04:26 »
Agreed, but at least there was no flying glass from windows.
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Re: Gravesend Schools, Brick Built Surface Air-Raid Shelters
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2015, 12:23:37 »
You're right peterchall, we had the same type at Gillingham County School ( & at Bearsted School, where my wife lived- it's still there & used), the concrete "lid" would have flattened us all if a bomb had been close enough for the blast to demolish the brick walls. But I think we would have been " gonners", shelter or not if we'd been that close! I suspect they were really only to protect against shrapnell & small stuff - & of course, psychological.

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Re: Gravesend Schools, Brick Built Surface Air-Raid Shelters
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2015, 22:43:38 »
Wouldn’t ‘death traps’ be a more apt name than ‘shelters’? Brick walls just as vulnerable to blast as any other, with a solid reinforced concrete slab overhead!
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Gravesend Schools, Brick Built Surface Air-Raid Shelters
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2015, 20:12:21 »
I have been having a look around Gravesend and found at least four surviving brick built surface air-raid shelters. Copperfield Academy (was Dover Road School) have a very good example that they have turned into a school museum. Gravesend Grammar School for Boys has one that has had the side removed and is currently used for outdoor storage. Rosherville have incorporated it into their existing building, (sorry not a good picture). Finally on the outskirts, is Sedley's School at Southfleet, they are using it as a library and toilets. Glad to see they are still around and being used. (For now)
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