Tyne and Wear HER(15967): Houghton-le-Spring, Hillside Cemetery, air raid shelter - Details
Houghton-le-Spring, Hillside Cemetery, air raid shelter
Civil Defence Site
Air Raid Shelter
This air raid shelter was built by Houghton Urban District Council, during World War Two along with many others, for those people who had not got an Anderson shelter. The shelter would have been used by the cemetery keeper and his family and anyone who happened to be in the cemetery during an air raid. Four bombs were dropped on Houghton Cut in July 1940. After the War the shelter was used for tool storage. Brick with a reinforced concrete roof. 2.7m x 2.08m in plan and 1.92m high. The roof is 16cm thick.
Paul Lanagan, 2008, Houghton's Last Air Raid Shelter, www.houghtonlespring.org.uk/worldwar2; Paul Lanagan, 2013, Air-raid shelters offered sanctuary from bombs, article in Seaham and Houghton Star, Wednesday 18 September 2013