Reference HO 207/1100
Title REGIONS OUTSIDE LONDON (HEADQUARTERS' FILES): Region No 12 (South Eastern): Dover: public shelters including tunnels, caves and basements
Former Department Reference KEN/21/13 (Pt I)
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence, Preparations for War and Peace
Subthemes Air raid shelters, Pre-war planning
Document Types Official Correspondence, Memoranda, Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Region 12: South Eastern (Tunbridge Wells HQ)
Locations Dover, Kent
Organisations Air Raid Precautions, Local Councils


A file of documents concerning the provision of public air-raid shelters in the borough of Dover in Kent. Subjects discussed in the file include pre-war proposals to provide public shelters in the event of war; the occupant capacity of the shelters; the costs of the shelters, including construction and rental fees; a proposal for a tunnel linking the Beaufoy and Lagoon Caves; and a further proposal for the extension of the Lagoon Caves to Chalk Pit and Tower Hamlets Road. Other subjects covered include the plans for shelter amenities, including seating, chemical closets, and tunnel lining; the rate of shelter occupant entry; safety provisions for shelter lighting; a proposal to requisition the basement of the Gordon Boys' Orphanage for shelter construction; anti-gas precautions, including gas locks; and a proposal for a railway tunnel shelter. Documents in the file include lists of potential locations for shelter sites, including trenches, caves, tunnels, and basements.


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