Man kept hearing strange noises under driveway, it led to an astounding discovery

When you own a house, the worst thing that could happen is something breaking. Particularly something big, that might cost a pretty penny or three to fix. Well, when one man discovered a hole in his driveway back in 2016, he did not expect to find what it led to. He set out to fill the hole but found it led to an underground world war two air raid shelter.

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Simon Marks.

An underground air raid shelter discovered accidentally

In 2016, Simon Marks was just arriving home when he made a great discovery. At first, he did not think it was anything great, but rather a complete hindrance and the cherry on top of a long day. He pulled up in his driveway and his car got stuck on something which was followed by an ominous cracking sound. Thinking it was a flower bed, he got out to inspect the damage. He found the driveway had cracked apart and started giving in. That explained the cracking noise. According to Viral news, Simon thought to himself, “Well, this day couldn’t get any worse.”

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Simon entering the air raid shelter
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Curious, Simon started clearing away the dirt to see what was underneath. To his surprise, he found something made of metal, but it was stuck so fast in the dirt that Simon couldn’t move it. So, he called his father. Together they cleared the rest of the dirt and managed to move the metal object which turned out to be a door of some sort. Once open, they found a ladder that neither could resist climbing down. Low and behold, the hole in Simon’s driveway led to an underground air raid shelter.

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The entrance to the air raid shelter
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“I was just terrified the whole house was going to vanish. I took some pictures and sent them to my dad,” said Simon. “When I moved a few of the slabs out of the way I found a ladder. I got my selfie stick and put it down the hole where I saw two rooms.” He added: “My dad saw it and instantly said it’s an air raid shelter,” said Simon. “We googled it and found there are quite a few in this area.”

The ladder leading to the air raid shelter
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Restoration

Allegedly, a man named Sir John Anderson invented the air raid shelters. Simon and his father explored the various rooms of their discovery but found that many had been bricked up. “One of the walls has been bricked up,” said Simon. “I’m 90 percent sure we won’t find out any more rooms but we don’t know. They might have bricked up one of the walls when the house was built to make way for the foundations. If that’s the case we’ll just have to leave it.” 

Simon inside the air raid shelter
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The father and son have big plans for the underground air raid shelter in their garden. Some people may have just filled it in to prevent any damages like the one that led to this discovery. But, Simon and his father plan to restore it. They view it as a part of history which is interesting to revisit every now and then.

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“The previous owner must have known it was there and when he built the house and put a garden in he must have filled it in,” said Simon. “He clearly wasn’t very worried about it and it just sat there until the hatch fell through. I think it’s great and I want to clear it out and preserve it if it’s structurally sound. It’s incredible to think it has all been made by hand. It’s part of our history so it should be kept.”

Sources

  1. Man kept hearing strange noises under driveway, it led to an astounding discovery.Viral News.
  2. Built To Lat. Homeowner stunned when hole in his driveway opens up to reveal a WW2 air raid shelter.The Sun. Ellie Cambridge. October 26, 2016.
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