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Dudley wartime shelter given lift to a new home
12:28pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A WARTIME structure which kept a Dudley family safe has been given a lift to a new home.
The World War Two air raid shelter was excavated from a garden in Parkhead Road for transportation to Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings where it will join the museum’s 1940s collection.
The shelter was loaded on to a lorry for its journey to the museum near Bromsgrove where it will be renovated and reconstructed alongside another air raid shelter next to a prefab house.
The corrugated steel shelter, which was buried four feet deep in the garden of the council house, was donated by Hartlebury man Simon Fletcher.
The house was the former home of Mr Fletcher’s father’s cousin, Edna Shorthouse, who lived there from 1925 until her death in 2012. Edna makes reference in her diary to helping her father and uncle dig the ground for the air raid shelter.
One of Edna’s earlier diary entries on the day that World War Two broke out in 1939 gives us an insight into her own unique take on the situation: “Chamberlain declares war on Hitler – washed hair.”
After the end of World War Two, many air raid shelters were sold off to members of the public and Mr Fletcher has also donated the original bill of sale, which shows the price of 15 shillings paid for the shelter in 1947.
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