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Offline conan

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Re: Strood shelter?
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2017, 23:32:34 »
It would be interesting to know what the sign on the pole beside the door reads, I reckon therein lies the answer to the enigma.
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Offline mikeb

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Re: Strood shelter?
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2017, 17:41:45 »
Could it have been a war time temporary store of some kind? AFS etc?
For what it's worth I worked over Christmas 1968 at Strood Wine Store and the rear entrance was via that car park & I'm sure that it had gone by then.

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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2017, 15:56:26 »
Odd looking building though - what was it used for and why was it bricked up? Looking at 1946 aerial photo's, it looks like there may have been two of them next to each other. No sign of them on 1930's OS maps.

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Re: Strood shelter?
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2017, 13:37:11 »
conan. Afraid I'm not as clever as you in identifying the so called Air Raid Shelter on that site but reading what you say, I'd agree, it's not! Those that I ever saw, or used, were about 8ft. high, with a 3" slab concrete top. Entrances were on the longitudinal side each end with the inner wall extending almost to the back so that any external blast debris did not enter the shelter area itself.

Offline conan

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Re: Strood shelter?
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2017, 23:55:31 »
The more I look at the original photo the more I become convinced that this is not an air raid shelter, (smiffy says in his intro ("possibly an air raid shelter").

Main 2 reasons are that the roof looks way too thin also the door is huge, more of a workshop or depot size than one used only for foot traffic.
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Offline smiffy

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Re: Strood shelter?
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2017, 14:59:32 »
I've had another look at this myself and I'm pretty sure I've identified the actual location which I think is a bit further east from your estimation. This is from an OS map compiled a few years before the photo was taken and I've highlighted a structure in red that appears to correspond to the building in question. This would place the position of the photographer around the entrance to the car park in Commercial Road, near the present pedestrian crossing.

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Re: Strood shelter?
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2017, 09:13:57 »
I have looked at the original photo and enlarged it and also at street view across McDonals car park in Strood and guess this is roughly the area where the shelter was. Thank you for your information.
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Re: Strood shelter?
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2017, 22:07:04 »
Hi,

I think your photo was taken approximately where the lady is just getting into her black car on the left of the entrance gateway, see https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Strood,+Rochester/@51.3957264,0.4937095,211a,35y,270h/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x47d8cc44977d6371:0xbffb32cf38f64742!8m2!3d51.3932587!4d0.475344

From the that position the trees have blocked what can be seen but if we move streetview  forward a bit we see this:  https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Strood,+Rochester/@51.3957264,0.4937095,211a,35y,270h/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x47d8cc44977d6371:0xbffb32cf38f64742!8m2!3d51.3932587!4d0.475344

From the second view we can see the tall building just in front of St Nicholas' and it seems to fit in with the tall building of the original photo albeit that some windows have been bricked up and some new ones added.  Adjacent buildings appear to have all been demolished that at one time surrounded the tall building.

If the above is correct then the perhaps shelter would probably be located around the fence line between the two car parks and about two or three cars back from the main road.

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Re: Strood shelter?
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2017, 23:30:08 »
MALSC have the same image:

http://www.medway.gov.uk/apps/medwayimages/details.asp?docid=1124564&searchtype=exact&pg=4&pga=22&search=commercial%20road

Quality isn't quite as good so I would imagine it would be OK to use the one here.

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Re: Strood shelter?
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2017, 22:57:08 »
Can I copy the photo and put it on the Medway history site on Facebook?

Offline smiffy

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Strood shelter?
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2017, 19:10:25 »
Photo taken in 1958 of road works in the Commercial road area showing a possible bricked-up shelter. I can't identify exactly were this is but the tower of St.Nicholas' is just visible in the background.

 

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