Reference HO 207/1136
Title REGIONS OUTSIDE LONDON (HEADQUARTERS' FILES): Region No 1 (Northern): Newcastle-upon-Tyne: use of Victoria tunnel as deep air raid shelter
Former Department Reference NT/21/16
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Air raid shelters
Document Types Official Correspondence, Maps, Charts, and Diagrams, Reports and Surveys, Meeting Minutes
Civil Defence Regions Region 1: Northern (Newcastle HQ)
Locations Newcastle upon Tyne, Victoria
Organisations Air Raid Precautions


A file of documents relating to the construction of the Victoria Tunnel public air-raid shelter in Newcastle upon Tyne County Borough. Subjects covered in the file include requests for financial assistance for the cost of construction work, including wall and flooring improvements, waterproofing, and repairs; and the provision of amenities, including a canteen, sanitary facilities, medical first-aid staff, emergency lighting, heating, drinking water, ventilation, and shelter marshals. Other subjects covered include the emergency use of the tunnel; a proposal to issue tickets to shelter occupants; the capacity of the shelter; the issues of dampness and cracks in the tunnel; concerns for the health of the construction workers; and the closure of and the length between the entrances of the tunnel. Documents in the file include extracts from parliamentary debates relevant to the construction; tables of the construction costs; and diagrams of the shelter plans.


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