This web page seeks to connect those who wish to dispose of old Anderson shelters (and corrugated iron) with those who might like to acquire or store it. If you want to be listed on this page, please help me by strictly following the instructions further down this page, immediately above the listings.
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.
(If you want to buy or sell heavier gauge corrugated iron, you should also consider using eBay or Gumtree. Please note that Martin cannot give advice on what a shelter might be worth, or might cost.)
Although the steel 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.
If you would like to be listed on this page:
- You should email Martin Stanley specifically saying that you would like to be listed in this Marketplace.
- Your email should include your entry exactly as you would like to see it on this page. It should begin "[Your name] ...".
- One photo - but not more than one - can be helpful, if you are listing steel or a whole shelter.
- Your entry should include an indication of where you live, but no other personal detail.
There is no charge but please note that entries are automatically deleted after six months unless you email Martin in advance to ask him to extend the listing.
Here are the current listings ...
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)
Jane Herzog has a shelter in London SE13 free to anyone who will dismantle and collect. It has been converted into a workshop/small garage. See photo on right. (Listed September 2017)
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.