Anderson Shelters in Bitterne, Kentish Town, Lewisham, Loudwater, Nottingham, Watford and Whitton
Graham and Lizzie Hendra found this shelter in 2016 after they had brought in a gardener to remove a mound of earth at the end of their garden. Their house in Glenfield Avenue was built in 1922 and they had lived there for six years before discovering the shelter. It looks to have been very well built. The concrete cap may have been added by a builder who wanted to ensure the safety of his family during the war. Their cat certainly appreciated having a new space to explore.
Kentish Town, North London
This is a nicely preserved shelter in Kentish Town, London NW5. It appears to be very typical of the majority of Anderson shelters that were built in the Second World War. The doorway is very well preserved and the inside has since been wood-lined so as to make a very upmarket garden shed.
This shelter is going to be the centre piece of a bio-diverse conservation area, encouraging local wildlife and flowers, and maintaining a cosy den for a family of foxes. These two 'before' pictures show the boarded up human entrance at one end, and the foxes' entrance at the other.
Here is an interesting one. The nearby house was built in the 1930s and the shelter appears to have been specially built within a thick concrete shell. It was subsequently used as a wine cellar - hence the thermometer.
This is a very characterful shelter, used a a composter and built into a hillside, which is no doubt how it has survived to this day. Here are an external and an internal photograph.
Here are two photos of a shelter in Watford.
Whitton, West London
And here are three photos of a well-preserved shelter in Whitton. Like the shelter in Richborne Terrace, this has been built into a concrete base, which makes it almost impossible to remove