Came across this the other day on our official walk exercise for the day. Looks to me like an Anderson Shelter, these were made by the Government and were intended to protect the population of London from the Nazi Bombs that rained down during the Blitz. They were not altogether that effective, were easily flooded, damp and very uncomfortable I have read recently. They did help lift morale as they gave the impression that the Government was doing useful things to help its people. Where have I heard that recently.
This model now sits in a field not far away from where we live, so it has at least lasted. Then again I could be wrong, it might just be a pig pen.
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Hi Paul, It doesn’t look bombproof does it? The idea was to dig a big hole & bury it. The deeper the more bombproof it was supposed to be. You had to leave the entrance clear. Bad luck if the bomb landed there?
We had one in the garden, when I was a lad, that had been dug up and converted into a garden shed. A real man shed with an attached coal bunker. Your example looks smaller & sorry for itself! I used to play in ours with the girl next door, she was the ‘older woman’, we’d better draw a curtain over that.
Hello Paul, so do I have this right, does it look like an Anderson shelter to you? I understand from a recent book that they were moderately successful rather than a complete failure. This one looked remarkably small, but then one looks at cars from the time and they were tiny. People were smaller too. Hope all well with you and yours. Open that curtain, sometime!
Looks to me as though your local farmer has dug up and reused the corrugated iron to make a shed / pig sty. He possibly just used what remained of a larger structure; which you would expect, if it hadn’t rusted away underground over the decades. The curved sheets certainly do look the part!
Our shed was bigger but not a lot. My Dad’s work bench turned out a number of wonderful home made toys during my early years, when such things weren’t available in the shops. A wooden truck with a drop down loading gate. A castle with a keep, four corner towers painted with glue and coated with sand to simulate stone. The whole castle could be dismantled and stored in the hollow wooden mound on which it stood. Later for my son Matt, he made a wooden Excalibur which Matt sometimes used on his big sisters.
Lovely, I remember him well!