Dodge Hill Air Raid Shelters 2nd July 2008
Built, or should I say mined, in 1938 by Stockport’s Air Raid Precautions Committe as Britain prepared for the second world war, they were chipped out of the natural sandstone in the area in order to provide basic shelter, toilets and sleeping arrangements for the people of stockport during prolonged bombing.
The Shelters go on forever, it’s very easy to get lost down there. Clips still exist in the ceiling to allow hanging curtains around the beds and electricity once lit these vast passageways. The air is close and the sandstone walls brush away with a simple touch. The toilet block is unlike the nearby Brinksway, it is more similar to the city centres Salford Junction Undergorund Canal.
Dodge Hill is much more well preserved than the nearby Brinksway beds still remain and due to the uncomfortable and difficult entrance surrounded by spiked fences there is much less vandalism.
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