If you want to buy or sell heavier gauge corrugated iron, you should consider using eBay or Gumtree.
You might also like to advertise - for free - on this web page. If so, please follow these instructions to the letter so as to help me amend the page quickly and easily.
- You should email Martin Stanley
- Your email must say that you would like to be listed in this Marketplace. Your email must include the word marketplace.
- Your email should include your entry exactly as you would like to see it on this page.
- Your entry must begin "[Your name] followed by your email address ...".
- Your entry should include an indication of where you live, but no other personal detail. A phone number is optional.
- It can help if you explain why you want to acquire a shelter. And one photo - but not more than one - can be helpful, if you are disposing of steel or a whole shelter.
Please note that entries are automatically deleted after six months unless you email me in advance to ask me to extend the listing. I am very happy to do that but I do not remind you.
Please also note that I cannot give advice on what a shelter might be worth, or might cost.
The corrugated iron that was used in the war, especially in Anderson Shelters, was significantly thicker (heavier gauge) than that which is manufactured today - around 2mm thick rather than the current 0.7mm. Such steel is nowadays quite rare, so it would be a shame if it were recycled and melted down when no longer needed. But schools etc. sometimes want to rebuild old shelters as part of educational projects, and the owners of the surviving Anderson Shelters sometimes need to source the heavy gauge metal when repairing their shelters. This web page accordingly seeks to connect those who wish to dispose of old shelters and corrugated iron with those who might like to acquire or store it.
Although the metal is heavy, individual pieces can usually be carried by one person - although two is better. And I have transported it in a Citroen Berlingo car/van, so I imagine that it could be carried in a wide range of estate cars and vans. But please do check dimensions and weights before committing to a long journey.
D Macintosh (email@example.com & 07890 086 836) would like to offer for free a whole Anderson Shelter - see photo on left. Requires dismantling. Collection only from south Manchester area. 9ft deep, 5ft6in tall, 4ft7in wide. (Listed July 2018)
Paul and Harriet have inherited an Anderson shelter in the garden of their new home in Lewisham. "We would like to remove the shelter as part of re-modelling the garden in July and would willingly give it to anyone who'd be interested in taking it or using the iron. The shelter is no longer dug into the ground and can be easily removed. " See photo on right. (Listed June 2018)
P Marek has just found an Anderson Shelter in his back garden - see photo on left. "I don't know what to do with it yet. Shelter is in one piece and I just got to it so don't have much more info as it's still covered with prickly branches of brambles. I could sell if someone will make an offer. Shelter is based in Southampton." (Listed March 2018)
Simon Lyster is looking for straight Anderson shelter sheeting to repair the roof of a large hay barn made of old Anderson shelter materials. It's a lovely old barn and he doesn't want it to fall to bits. Can anyone help? He lives on a farm in Essex. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Listed June 2018)
"The Waterworks Museum - Hereford (a registered charity) is seeking an authentic Andersen Shelter to augment an existing WWII display at the Museum. This would be used by visitors and pupils in the Museum’s free to use education service. Volunteers would be happy to dismantle/collect from a reasonable distance of Hereford. If you can help, please contact Richard Curtis -
email@example.com & 07837 406 989 (Listed February 2018)
John Minion is looking for an Anderson shelter to be used as garage/workshop if anyone is gifting one. Can dismantle - Lives near Worcester. (Listed December 2017)
Spirit of the Homefront (see photo on left) are looking for examples of makers marks, ideally cut out of larger pieces of metal. They will help you cut the metal if you live in the West Midlands. If you can help, please contact Amos Burke by email or on 07759 683 361.