Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Date

26 October 2016

Location

Fan Bay, Dover, Kent
TR 35178 42814; 51.13626°N, 1.36035°E

Information

In 2012 the National Trust raised £1.2 million to purchase a 0.8-mile-long stretch of the White Cliffs of Dover to fill a gap in the five miles of coastline it already owned, the first stretch having been bought in 1968. The newly acquired section included Fan Bay and a team of 50 National Trust volunteers worked from 2013 to 2015 to clear the deep shelter there, in the process removing 30 tonnes of rubble from the 125 steps down into the shelter and a further 100 tonnes from the tunnels 70 feet (21 metres) below the surface.

During World War II the site of two World War I sound mirrors at Fan Bay was chosen as the location of a new artillery battery comprising three six-inch guns. The facility was constructed in 1940-41 and the deep shelter was excavated to serve as a bomb-proof shelter for the station’s personnel.

Further Reading

Fan Bay Deep Shelter an excavation of epic proportions (National Trust)

Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Top-side entrance

Top-side entrance

5 thoughts on “Fan Bay Deep Shelter

    • Thanks, Iain. Unfortunately it was a guided tour, so had to hand hold and take shots a bit more hastily than I would have preferred. Would have been nice to take a tripod and have the luxury of more leisurely photographic work😉

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