Would you buy an Anderson Shelter today?

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  1. Auxiliary-Units

    Auxiliary-Units Researching Aux Units

    I am doing a study paper at the mo on Anderson Shelters and wondered if people would be interested in building replicas in their garden today. What would you be prepared to pay for a kit and would you actually install one.

    A yes or no response and idea of what you would pay would be really helpful thanks in advance.
  2. wowtank

    wowtank Very Senior Member

    I would but would only pay £200-£400. I think you might need planing permission?
  3. Auxiliary-Units

    Auxiliary-Units Researching Aux Units

    Thanks very much.
  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I have to say, all things considered, that although I'd probably quite like one to pack the kids into and throw bangers & rubble at all night; on balance it'd probably have to be a no from me.

    Might be a small market among reenactors, but most I've seen doing home-front sort of stuff at shows have built their own.
  5. Auxiliary-Units

    Auxiliary-Units Researching Aux Units

  6. Medic7922

    Medic7922 Senior Member

    My wife thinks its great idea :D She would like one a few miles from are house so I can sleep and snore all night :rolleyes:
  7. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

  8. Drayton

    Drayton Senior Member

    For the record, the official price for the kit (corrugated iron sheets cut and moulded appropriately plus nuts and bolts) at the beginning of the war was 5/- delivered. Erection, including digging, erection and covering, was the purchaser's responsibility.

    Never mind the shelters, who remembers John Anderson?.
  9. sparky34

    sparky34 Senior Member

    should be o.k for growing mushrooms in one ..and cannot see why you would
    need planning permission for one .
  10. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    Never mind the shelters, who remembers John Anderson?.

    Yes, I remember Jon Anderson;)
  11. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    A no for me. But in Air Raid Shelters by Stephen Wade he mentions a guy who has built one in his back garden and spends quite a lot of time in there.
    That's the guy on the cover.[​IMG]
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  12. Lofty1

    Lofty1 Senior Member

    They tried selling anti nuclear shelters, with seven days free trial, don't think that took off at all.
  13. CL1

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

    planning permission
    dig it in cover it with soil and turf

    not making light of it
    but would be useful as a control shed for a garden railway like Tom's
  14. marcus69x

    marcus69x I love WW2 meah!!!

    My Neighbour's got half of an original one in her back garden. She said I can have it if I can find a way to get it out. Hmmm, the possibilities... :-D
  15. ChrisR

    ChrisR Senior Member

    I bought an original one a couple of years back. Originals come up on ebay quite frequently - some are just buried rust that the new house owner wants rid of, mine had been turned into a shed (above ground) and was very easy to dismantle by simply cutting the tops off the bolts with a grinder.
    I wanted another shed - the Anderson cost me £16 quid - same size shed from B&Q costs about 200. I know which will last the longest.
    Will post a picture later.
  16. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    It would be an interesting project but i suspect £400 might put a few people off (even though as ChrisR says a B&Q shed is about £200).
    As for me, a no I'm afraid - water table problem.
  17. Nicola_G

    Nicola_G Senior Member

    Visited one at Didcot Railway centre a couple of weeks ago and one at Chiltern Open Air Museum on Monday.
  18. ChrisR

    ChrisR Senior Member

    Here's mine - I sunk it just a little and hid it behind an earth bank. I wanted it originally to get some old car parts out of the garage but I ended up just using the space under the benches for now. Soon refilled the space in the garage anyway. One thing about having it on the surface - it cooks in there in summer - hence wanting to hide it a little behind earth and foliage.
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  19. marcus69x

    marcus69x I love WW2 meah!!!

    Excellent Chris. Superbly kitted out too. ;)

    ALLAN PRICE Member

    i'd buy one.no planning permission needed as same as a shed.

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