UK, Clapham Common

UK, London, im Clapham Common:

etwa 30 x 30 Meter breit, aufbetoniert, ragt etwa 10 cm aus dem Boden, mit unklarer Funktionalitaet.

Lokale und unbestaetigete Quellen geben leider keine genauen Antworten, sprechen meist entweder von einer Flieger-Abwehrstellung aus dem 2. Weltkrieg, oder auch einem Bunker, dessen Eingang spaeter zubetoniert wurde, oder auch Beidem.

Auf einigen Bildern ist auch zu erkennen, als ob dort frueher mal ein Treppenabgang gewesen waere, den man spaeter zubetonierte....


etwas herumrecherchiert, brachte mich auf folgenden Link mit unterschiedlichen Beitraegen:

Folgende Schilderung scheint mir plausibel:

Zitat aus dem obigen Link:

Alan says:
December 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

As a boy I lived in Kyrle road during the second world War and up to 1957. The Tarmac area’s on Clapham common were Air Raid Shelters located at the top of Broomwood,Kyrle and Broxash Roads. Below ground there were tunnels approx 7′ x 7′ in the form of a square. The entrance was via a single flight of steps. At each corner of the Square a ventilation shaft protruded up to the surface. These were very basic shelters and had bunk beds down one side of each tunnel.I do not remember any toilet facilities being provded only lighting. After the war the access to the shelter was sealed and left. It was at this time i and my friends would use the shelter as our playground camp. We were once disturbed by a common keeper and laid under the bottom bunk bed against the wall, we were lucky and not found as the place was pitch black. Later the roof of the entrance was brought down to ground level stopping access to our camp. The roof was corrgated iron with sharp edges and i still bear the scar when riding my bike along side and cutting my leg open
Some roads leading up to the common had brick built shelters down one side of each road. They were built half on the pavement and half in the road approx 40′ long wth a wall accross the middle making two separate compartments. There were 2 entrances from the pavement side. Bunks were on both sides in blocks of 8 so that families could be together. My shelter would have been approx outside odd house Nos.61-71 of Kyrle Road.
Next to 81 Kyrle Road (My Home) a Stick of bombs destroyed Nos. 79&77 all my family were in the house at the time with the only damage of one broken window and piles of bricks in the garden. A second bomb destroyed 2 houses on the opposite of the road approx 200yds from the first. No one was killed by either bomb. These bomb sites can be identified by the different build of the replacement houses after the war.
The bomb site next to my home was converted into a Static Water Tank for emergency use by firefighters should the mains water fail. This was an opportunity for us youngsters to use as a boating lake and an ice rink in the winter those were the days.