Man uncovers huge secret WWII bunker in his own back garden
When Chris Scott decided to make some renovations on his house a short while back, he only intended on sprucing up the interior and doing a little light decorating. However, after a neighbor mentioned something about a long-lost bunker under a drain cover in his garden, his project soon went from being a routine revamp to a whole excavation project in its own right.
Along with Tony Sizer, a builder, the homeowner uncovered a huge underground bunker dating back to World War II. And, after spending a few days clearing it out, they found that it was large enough to shelter about 100 people.
"It just looked like a drain cover," Scott said of the secret hideaway. "The neighbors had mentioned a bunker but I hadn’t thought any more about it."
When it came to getting some work done on his house, however, Scott thought it might be worth mentioning to someone who was more of an expert on these matters.
"I was talking to the builder about it while we were having a cup of tea in the garden and he said, ‘Come on let’s have a look!'"
At first, this was much easier said than done, as the underground space had become flooded over the decades and therefore needed to be emptied out. After two days of pumping away the fluids, though, the vast underground cavity was revealed.
There are two rooms altogether, which at first the men believed were only accessible by a single eight foot ladder in the garden. Upon further investigation, however, they cleared away some rubble in the second room and found another door with a ladder that led to the surface.
The homeowner says that this area is very small, as it was intended only as an emergency exit in case the main ladder got destroyed or blocked by rubble after being hit by a bomb. Nevertheless, the rest of the area is quite a sight to behold.
"We were really shocked by the size of it," Scott said.
"There are a lot of electrics and switches down there and lights on the wall. A big table and lots of silt that could contain anything from back then."
Bunkers were not uncommon during the 1940s in Britain, as the Blitz meant that residential areas were in danger from overhead bombings on a regular basis. However, most shelters were only suited to accommodate small families, and were often above ground at the end of the garden.
It is believed that this shelter would have been used to provide refuge to the whole street in the event of an attack - but Scott now intends to repurpose it for more modern purposes.
"It’s a pretty big room and I will probably do something with it," he said. "If I run a trench down and put some concrete steps and get some decent it might be worth doing something."
If I were Scott, I think I'd turn the location into a '40s themed Airbnb. Or maybe a tiny museum for WWII era things. Or maybe even a secret underground cinema. Whatever he decides to do with the space, though, this is undoubtedly an awesome discovery.