Man Discovers WWII Bomb Shelter Underneath His Lawn

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Jim Clark, 62, apparently has a green thumb. Unfortunately for him, despite countless attempts, he consistently failed to grow a decent lawn at his home.

After three decades of frustration, he decide to dig up the lawn and discovered a World War II bunker underneath his patio.

“I've been trying everything to get the grass to grow in that area for three decades — putting down turf, new seed, fertilizer, leaving the hose pipe running for three hours to soak the grass — but it's always been brown and dry,” he told Yahoo News. “I'm just glad to get to the bottom of it after all this time. My wife came out and I'd unearthed this air raid shelter. She couldn't believe it, she thinks I'm crazy.”

The bunker was built by the home’s previous owner, William Hall, who was described as “eccentric.” The shelter, which has two parts, was meant to withstand Nazi bombs. Although the main shelter is more sturdy, both parts are covered by a cast iron roof. Clark said, “The shelter is made with top quality building materials. The brick is first class, a really super job.”

Clark dug up the shelter with the help of his two daughters. “The entrance is blocked up and we've broken in from the top. It's not every day you uncover something like this from the Second World War,” Clark said. He was baffled when he found rubble under the dirt, but the mystery took a turn when he his spade hit metal.

“To be honest it just about broke my hand, the force of it. That was when the penny dropped. I'd heard there might be an air shelter in the garden so I realized I'd found it.”

Source: Yahoo News

Image: Courtesy Clark Family via Yahoo News