See the WWII-era tunnel a British woman discovered underneath her property
· Mar 1, 2024 ·

Eight decades after it ended, the Second World War still has surprises for us — even in our own backyards:

Rebecca Hobson, 34, was 'shocked' to discover the 50-metre long secret underground passageway hidden under her property in a village near Folkestone, Kent, which is believed to be an elaborate 'air raid shelter',

The mother-of-two, who moved into the three-bedroom terrace house 15 years ago, said she and her partner Darren, 34, unearthed the unique structure during the pandemic in 2020 but didn't start digging it out until last year.

Um, just as an aside: These folks waited three years to start excavating the secret tunnel in their backyard?


If it were me I would've started digging with my own bare hands the minute I found it! But I digress.

I guess it's unsurprising that it took decades to even find the tunnel, as it was buried pretty deeply under the dirt:

It was determined to be a war-era air raid shelter. Which is unsurprising when you consider just how deep it goes into the ground:

It dead-ends at the far end of over 160 feet:

Historical investigation found that local volunteers dug the shelter in order to protect local women and children from "the cruelties of Hitlerism:"

Among the treasures found within include a child's toy gun:

The lucky homeowners, meanwhile, are treating this find with the historical respect it deserves:

We don't want to really change anything about it as it's an amazing part of history.

They should charge ten bucks for people to tour the tunnel — I'd pay it!

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