Soho Square WWII Shelter - London - May 2015
There just isn't a lot of info about this place other than it's been on sale
since Jan with GVA but I can't find a listing on their site so maybe it's been
During the Second World War of 1939-45, the cast iron railings around Soho Square were taken down for use in armament factories and extensive air raid bunkers were dug beneath the surface of the gardens to provide shelter to Londoners during the Blitz.
The shelters remain in place to this day, underlying much of the grass, flower beds and terraced areas that can be seen above ground.
The space on offer (above) is unchanged since the days of the war and its raw, dilapidated state will present a significant challenge to any vendors. But as a rare and original piece of London's history, its potential is clear, and it has already attracted interest from restaurant groups.
Really decent little site this, so far up my b.p. I had to fart it out.
So welcome to Soho Square.
This is what you see when you get through the pain up the backside doors. The dwarf wall would suggest the floor had been raised at some point so I would venture it's use as a shelter was discontinued after the war.
Rotate through 180 and here are the entrance doors.
Up close and personal.
A bit further in, the concrete plinths are sat level with the wall so I guess some kind of machinery sat on them, access being at false floor level.
Further in signs of air con and a small hoist. I'm guessing some kind of generating station.
The legendary lost ladder to the UE paradise.
Near the exit under the faux Tudor hut. Check the strange sort of zig-zag machine pit in the floor. What was that for? And what's with round thing? Some kind of anchor?
View looking back down the entire shelter from the emergency exit.
Pretentious prime lens bookie shot of a lightbulb.
Back in the "main" part of the shelter are these cable entry conduits, adding weight to my thoughts that place was something to do with the local lectric supply.
1950's vintage fuse box.
Then this little booth. Too small for an office, looks almost telephone box size? But why?
Final parting shot.