Air-raid shelter discovered in Earlham Road garden, Norwich

A mound of brambles at the bottom of a Norwich garden has revealed the city's Second World War past.

Stephen Geraghty discovered an intact Anderson air-raid shelter last week hidden under ivy, earth and thorns after moving into his new home on Earlham Road.

The 36-year-old now plans to excavate the shelter and has found copies of the Radio Times from 1942 in the entrance way.

'It definitely awakens the boyish explorer in you,' he said.

'My folks and my partner's folks lived through the war and although it is not that long ago the shelter feels like a significant find.


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'You don't see them every day, so I thought it was brilliant.'

The father-of-two hopes to eventually clear the shelter for his two daughters, aged five and four weeks.

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The IT security worker viewed the house in February when the garden was covered in snow, so he had no idea about the mound in the garden.

'The garden was a tip,' he said. 'I got out there last week and we saw there was a concrete mound covered with ivy the size of a car.'

Mr Geraghty started clearing the side of the shelter, and found the door, but most of the inside is filled with earth.

He said: 'The soil has trickled down and is half filling the bunker. There is about two feet of soil.

'I started digging one side of it and dug down six or seven foot.'

Mr Geraghty has found pages of the Radio Times in the shelter and hopes to find other war memorabilia.

On Tuesday, the Evening News reported on an air-raid shelter found in Lakenham where a jamming device was discovered.

The finds are a reminder of the Baedeker raids when German bombers flew over the city in April 1942.

Mr Geraghty is keeping a blog on the progress of his excavation at www.myandersonshelter.co.uk

Do you have a story about Earlham for the Evening News? Contact Evening News reporter Tom Bristow on 01603 772313 or email tom.bristow@archant.co.uk

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