Anderson Bomb Shelter in Liverpool

This is an interesting 'bespoke' shelter in a wealthy part of Liverpool.

It is clearly an Anderson shelter, set in concrete - as were several of the other surviving shelters. Indeed, it is in some ways similar to the shelter at the Oval, and is in particular around the same size, c3-3.2 metres long, 1.2-1.3 wide and 1.5-1.7 high. 

It was built some distance from a large house, set in a sort of concrete blast pen.  But the three arches are each made of one piece of metal. not two bolted together as in a standard shelter.  And the hinged doors, door surrounds and walls at each end are timber with a metal exterior. 

The owner of the house was a 1st World War veteran still in the Army Officer Reserve who was working as a stockbroker's attach√©.  With him were his wife and sister and several other women, all in their 40s. The women were mostly listed as Women's Voluntary Services drivers, possibly attached to Royal Artillery.¬†It appears that they collectively had the means and skills to have built a tougher-than-average (and relatively luxurious) shelter, and to acquire the larger pre-formed pieces of corrugated iron.

The following photos were taken by Kyle May.  You can see larger versions if you click on the images.

The first two are 'before' and 'after' Kyle had dug out much of the spoil that had found its way into the shelter over the years.