Thursday, 3 November 2011

Healing Manor Air Raid Shelter

In the grounds of Healing Manor lies an important piece of Healing's WWII history - an old air raid shelter, perhaps used by Viscount Portman himself. It is located in the large medieval moat, and it is quite possible that Gerald Burkely Portman, the seventh Viscount Portman took cover in it during the air raids.
However, the shelter could be military-made as the Scottish Horse regiment took over the manor during the war, and Viscount Portman and his wife moved into 20, Fords Avenue. The above picture shows that someone has been strippng wire out of it. The shelter is made out of reinforced concrete and at the other end is an escape door, leading out onto the Manor lawn. 

I hope you find all this of interest,

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