Anderson Shelters in ...

... Kentish Town, Loudwater, Southampton, South Croydon, Watford and Whitton

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.

Loudwater, Hertfordshire

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.


Bitterne, Southampton

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.



South Croydon

Rob Morrison sent me these photos of a very impressive shelter refurbishment. The shelter has been supplemented (in more recent times) with a brick archway and some retaining walls at its entrance. The shelter is not submerged, but the garden slopes uphill so the shelter is partly set into the hill with decking above it. The escape hatch at the back of the shelter is especially clear.


Here are two photos of a rather unhappy looking 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