Dodge Hill Air Raid Shelter, Stockport. URBEX

We decided to head over to Stockport to check out the air raid shelters over there, I had been told access was quite easy and that there were great photography opportunities down there. Places like this really give you a sense of not only exploration and adventure but history too.

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Visited by: Nic, Shorty, Liam, Ojay

History:

“Dodgehill” is one of 3 deep level shelters which form a vast network of abandoned tunnels beneath the streets of Stockport, the other 2 being “Brinksway” and “Chestergate”.

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These deep tunnels were used as air-raid shelters during the war and were constructed between 1938 and 1939. They have been cut through and into the red sandstone to which Stockport is built on and could house up to 7,000 people during world war two.

“Chestergate” has been re-opened in recent years as a tourist attraction, the other 2 were sealed after the war only accessible by explorers.

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The Visit

The access is pretty straightforward but this place is continually being re-sealed and opened again so it’s all about timing and luck really. You can tell straight away quite a few people have been in here, explorers, homeless people and others. Condition wise it has seen better days but there is plenty to still see.

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This place is also a complete maze, it is a warren of tunnels leading here and there with the majority of it looking alike. It was a good job we had Ojay with us as he has been down here a fair few times and knows they layout quite well.

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Tunnels and tunnels of beds!

Interestingly down here there are still rows and rows of the original bed the war time occupants would have slept on and it really gives you a sense of what conditions were like during that time and is fascinating to see. The temperature down here is also quite warm, but outside it is a bitter November night so you wonder what it would be like in the summer!

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Double rows of 3 tier bunk beds, just gives you an idea of how living conditions would have been down here.

Other interesting features down here are the other bits and pieces lying around, lanterns and barrels, the different textures of sandstone, brick and concrete as well as the different levels of seepage on each section. The atmosphere down here is very different to somewhere like the arches too which is all brick and a lot more open and echoey, here it feels a lot more enclosed and claustrophobic.

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Old Lantern
 

The nature of the place meant we could have a good look around without any real worry of getting caught and also spent a lot more time playing around with my camera and felt pretty pleased with some of the shots I came away with.

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View from the bunk beds

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