Reference HO 207/1126
Title REGIONS OUTSIDE LONDON (HEADQUARTERS' FILES): Region No 1 (Northern): Newcastle-upon-Tyne: public shelters including tunnels and trenches
Former Department Reference NT/21 (Pts I-II)
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence, Preparations for War and Peace
Subthemes Air raid shelters
Document Types Official Correspondence, Maps, Charts, and Diagrams, Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Region 1: Northern (Newcastle HQ)
Locations Newcastle upon Tyne, Street
Organisations Air Raid Precautions, Local Councils


A file of documents relating to the provision of public air-raid shelters in Newcastle upon Tyne County Borough. Subjects discussed in the file include a byelaw for the provision of shelters for new buildings; the fees for private architects to survey the sites of underground carpark shelters; construction costs, including expenditure restrictions and approvals for grants; the adaptation of the Ouseburn Culvert; and the progress of the Victoria Tunnel deep shelter scheme, including the construction of entrances, and safety and access issues. Other subjects covered include shelter amenity provisions, including anti-gas measures, lighting, ventilation, sanitary facilities, and trench linings; the construction of a concrete trench shelter on Sycamore Street; the provision of dormitory shelters, including the adaptation of basements and street surface shelters; school shelter provisions; the strengthening of shelters; shelter capacity requirements; and the progress of shelter construction, including labour provisions. Documents in the file include maps and diagrams of the plans for shelter provision.


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