Lost Drawings from WW2! Abandoned Air Raid Shelter Beneath Huge Facility – URBEX UK

Lost Drawings from WW2! Abandoned Air Raid Shelter Beneath Huge Facility – URBEX UK

This large art-deco betting facility is the
host for today’s exploration. Towering over the surrounding urban area,
the building is suffering from long term neglect. Another factor for the structure’s demise
is vandalism, particularly just over a year ago when a huge scale fire broke out across
one half of the listed property, resulting in major damage inside. Mainly, we visited this site a few months
ago because of what lies beneath, an expansive WW2 bunker facility with some of the most
interesting remnants we have seen so far. The gigantic blaze took over the vacant building
just over 12 months ago, destroying the upper floor and roof of roughly a third of the structure. Due to the iconic nature of the facility that
had been closed since the early 2000s, the fire made national news and was devastating
to the local people that had once seen the site thrive. There’s now a second investigation underway – one that’s being conducted by police. Earlier I was told that the blaze broke out in two separate parts of this building simultaneously, and police are treating this incident as one of arson. They’re asking for anyone who has any information to come forward and tell them. After a full night of hard work from the fire
fighters, the blaze was eventually damped, however the damage had already been done. What had always been a landmark structure
had been blackened by ashes. Months later we were inspecting the colossal
facility that we had attempted prior to the fire, but this time it seemed we were destined
to get in. On our previous visit, we had to abandon the
infiltration after we set off a loud alarm that commanded us to leave the site before
authorities were called. Luckily, the alarms were off today as the
outside of the structure was being sealed up tight. We hoped we would still manage to find a way
inside. Once we gained access to the betting house,
we were amazed by the sizeable halls and the controlling decay. The large skylights were allowing moss to
form over the empty, tiled floor. You might be positive that the structure was
a factory of some sort but actually, it had a much more unique use. It was designed and constructed in the late
1930s, for football betting. Inside these giant spaces would have been
the hundreds and hundreds of printing presses that would have functioned to create the small
coupons, one of which would have the winning scores on. Unfortunately, none of the machinery or anything
in fact remains in the building, which was stripped shortly after it was closed. The reason for this was the ongoing battle
with other lottery services that were swiftly becoming more popular. These alternate companies were able to do
sports bets as well as countless others so it was only a matter of time before this site
lost ground, although it was influential throughout its period. At one time the structure was two separate
long wings with an outside space in between. This curved room we are in now joined together
the main warehouses and features some beautiful architecture. As we were getting closer to where the fire
begun, it is very sad that it happened when it did. A multimillion investment had gone into place
for the massive building of dereliction to be transformed into a film studio. It appeared that construction work was going
into order until the disaster. Following it, not much has gone on so it has
been a crucial set back. Now we had made it to the room where the fire
started. We are stunned at how severe the damage really
is. Nothing is left apart from the beams and brick
walls, so we are careful where we walk even though we don’t go far before realising
it’s simply too unsafe. It was surreal moving from one half of the
site which is cleanly decaying to the other identical half that has been destroyed by
arson, left in a state of disrepair. With every large functioning business that
ran through WW2, an air raid shelter was created at the beginning of 1939 to protect the mass
of employees from the nightly bombing during the years. Although the tight corridors and bumpy floor
isn’t too photogenic, it was very important for this exploration that we came down here,
as we were aware of some of the incredible details that survived to this day. There was only one way we could have got down,
as every proper entrance to the shelter was sealed up tight. In some cases, the material around the entry
had collapsed, pouring into the bunker. Walking through the silent unit with only
torchlight was an experience you can only have from urban exploration. The only sounds we could hear was the faint
dripping of water, and our own breathing. Soon enough we made it to what we had been
searching for. We had never seen anything like this before. Treasured beneath ground level are these historic
series of portraits of men and women who survived down here during the war. Corridors are filled with them and you almost
feel like you’re being watched as you move past, trying to imagine the circumstances
when these were drawn. Due to the repetitive artistic style, we assume
that one of the survivors was an artist and may have requested to draw people in the shelter
for entertainment in the long hours they would have spent down here. This is one of those historic sites that we
couldn’t bear to see vandalised. The fact that these portraits have stayed
untouched in the bunker is unbelievable, and we hope they are preserved somehow. Following our sighting of the art work, it
was time to head out to leave the timeless abandonment to itself once more. Next time. Away from the cloudy, cold weather of the
UK, in the next episode we are exploring a beautiful asylum in Italy in 30+ degrees! There is a lot to see in the site with over
20 buildings. Thanks for watching our latest release. Remember to check out our website in the description
to see reports of places we have visited months before they are posted to YouTube. See you next time!

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  1. πŸ‘πŸ€šAwesome thanks for taking us with you for this explore. Thanks for sharing have a good weekend take care πŸ’•

  2. Amazing! The artwork is incredible. Totally agree it needs to be preserved as does the building. As always loved the video and can't wait to see the next video from Italy πŸ‘

  3. Very interesting! Such a shame so much of it burned. The wall portraits were amazingly well drawn and preserved. Were they drawn with charcoal? Great video!! Excited to see the next one! Stay Safe out there!! ☺️

  4. Your explores are amazing, I can’t understand why only 6k subs , your vids are excellent keep up the great work lads . I am from Liverpool and this building in its present state is such a shame what a bright future it had until the fire. Thank you for your share πŸ‘πŸ»

  5. Awesome vid man. I've been binging your videos for a week now, and I've just gotta say I think it's ironic how much more mature your content is relative to all the other urbex stuff out there, given that you are like a third of the age of most of them, don't take that the wrong way. If you're ever in East Yorkshire/Hull please hit me up, me and a friend have been working hard to find new spots and may have something that interests you.

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