Homeowner Found Hole In His Driveway, Blast From The Past Hidden Below

A UK man noticed one day that the wheel of his car was stuck in a hole in his driveway. The homeowner realized he was going to have to do a little bit of work to patch that out.

He assumed there was a sinkhole under there, or perhaps someone had kept a garden and the earth beneath was soft and giving out under the weight of the car and concrete. When he went to check out the hole, he was blown away by what he found.

Simon Marks knew the hole in his driveway could be dangerous. The 37-year-old computer support worker envisioned a sinkhole opening up and swallowing his entire house.

"This massive hole appeared. I thought it was a sinkhole or a badly constructed garden," said Marks to The Sun. "I was just terrified the whole house was going to vanish. I took some pictures and sent them to my dad."

Things turned around quickly when his father got a glimpse of the picture.

"My dad saw it and instantly said it's an air raid shelter," said Marks. "We googled it and found there are quite a few in this area. It is made from concrete lintels and is in immaculate condition."

After doing some research, Marks learned that a German bomb had struck quite close to the house during World War II. He thinks the people who owned the home at the time might have put it in for safety. He believes the elderly couple from whom he bought the house must have known about it.

"The previous owner must have known it was there and when he built the house and put a garden in he must have filled it in. He clearly wasn't very worried about it and it just sat there until the hatch fell through. I think it's great and I want to clear it out and preserve it if it's structurally sound," said Marks.

"It's incredible to think it has all been made by hand. It's part of our history so it should be kept."

Marks and his father, Gerald, have been excavating the site slowly, trying to make sure it was structurally sound. They found it's about 10 feet deep, and they have dug up some interesting artifacts that were left behind by the people who last used the shelter, such as old soft drink bottles and newspapers.

"One of the walls has been bricked up. I'm 90 per cent sure we won't find out any more rooms but we don't know," said the homeowner. "They might have bricked up one of the walls when the house was built to make way for the foundations. If that's the case we'll just have to leave it."

Marks shared photos of the secret shelter and is very excited about having his own piece of history on his property.

Source: The Sun, BBC
Photo: SWNS

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