We’re delighted to receive news of another retained air-raid shelter in the city.
This shelter is on Stamford Road East in the Leeman Raid area – the only one we know to have survived in this area.
During the war, there were a number of bombs that fell in and around this area, largely due to its close proximity to the railway freight yards. So having a sturdy brick shelter would have been a smart move.
It is a double-skinned brick built shelter, with a six inch-thick (150mm) reinforced concrete slab roof. It is of a type that we are discovering was quite common and, unless we find out otherwise, rather unique to the city. A ‘York Shelter’ – perhaps?
We’re particularly pleased that Chris M. has also given us our first ‘#ShelterSelfie’; thanks, Chris!
[ Think you might have an air-raid shelter in your garden or back yard? Do send us a photo … and a #ShelterSelfie! ]