Anderson shelter found in the back garden.

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by Andre Pepper, May 22, 2018.

  1. Andre Pepper

    Andre Pepper Tiger

    Hello all,

    Im looking for advise. I have been digging in my back garden in Salisbury and found the top of the foundations of aWW2 Anderson shelter. Not sure how far down it goes? I am down about 3-4 feet, I have uncoverd an 8 feet wall and uncoverd about 4-5 feet wall either side. Its a concreet walled thing and has a large power lead in it. I do not want to get rid of it as its part of the history of my Edwardian house, but if anyone has an idea what to do with one of these things, I am listening. I will put photos on later.

    Thank you in advance.

    Andre
     
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  2. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Nice find and great you want to keep it! Looking forward to photos.
     
  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Go a bit retro and use it as a tool/mower store
    Make sure its as waterproof as poss
     
  4. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    It sounds like a Bunker and not an Anderson Shelter.
    Interesting to see photographs.
    Regards
    Tom
     
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  5. Drayton

    Drayton Senior Member

    I agree that it sounds much more like a bunker than an Anderson. The latter essentially comprised metal sections bolted together, with concrete used only as a base. Moreover, the concept of a power lead suggests something from the 1960s rather then the 1940s, when there was relatively little domestic equipment requiring power leads. Electricity even for lighting was never supplied to Andersons. - too dangerous for a whole variety of reasons.
     
  6. Blutto

    Blutto Plane Mad

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  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    this is used on an allotment as a tool store

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  8. Drayton

    Drayton Senior Member

    Anderson shelters were designed to be built in back gardens, not back yards. Most back yards are sufficiently small that a shelter would blcok the yard for any other purpose; moreover, it was desirable to distance the shelter from buildings..
     
  9. Blutto

    Blutto Plane Mad

    I assume you are quoting my post because of the title of the article I linked to? Arguing back yard vs back garden is rather semantic.
     
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  10. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

  11. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    I thought back yard was the American way of saying back garden as we say here in Blighty
     
  12. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  13. Blutto

    Blutto Plane Mad

    Backyard is also the norm term for any sized space at the rear of the house in Australia.
     
  14. Drayton

    Drayton Senior Member

    For those who have lived in houses with both a back yard and a back garden the distinction is far from merely semantic.It would create endless confusion to arbitrarily muddle the two.
     
  15. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    confusion also in back passage and back alley!
     
  16. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Don't want to distract anyone from this fascinating linguistic discussions... but I still can't wait to finally see some photos of whatever started this discussion... ;)
     
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