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Dartford Grammar School discovers Second World War air raid shelter in playground

08 February 2014
by KentOnline reporter
The World War Two air raid shelter, discovered in Dartford Grammar playground

The Second World War air raid shelter, discovered in Dartford Grammar playground

"We are then looking to turn the shelter into a resource for the students but also to make it bookable by local schools and history groups in the surrounding area.

"It will be significant to recognise the contributions that Dartford Grammar students made in both World Wars, many of whom contributed and gave their lives for the war, on a local scale but also on a national scale."

The main entrance to the shelter

The main entrance to the air raid shelter

Three exits and the main entrance were discovered last week

Three exits and the main entrance were discovered at the school

During the war, pupils seemed to spend more time in the shelters than outside when flying bombs were raining down on the south east.

The town was directly under the enemy flight path to London which put the grammar school at considerable risk.

High explosive bombs have since been recorded close to Darenth Wood Road, Darenth, and Christchurch Road, Dartford.

Evening activities were impossible, games and sports suffered especially after the pavilion was requisitioned for military use.

Forget monkey bars and swings - this is the new attraction in Dartford Grammar playground

Forget monkey bars and swings - this is the new attraction in Dartford Grammar playground

After the war, the task of rebuilding and repairing began.

The junior playground, where the shelters were found, was half full of allotments from the Grow More Food campaign.

There was a large water tank and gaping holes to the entrances of the trench shelter.

The shelter will be covered up again before excavation work can resume

The shelter will be covered up again before excavation work can resume

The water tank was soon taken down and one of the shelter entrances was covered with concrete.

The other entrance was kept in use in case an emergency arose again.

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