Family unearths bomb shelter in garden

Jo and daughter Chloe Griffiths stood outside the rare find in their back garden.

Jo and daughter Chloe Griffiths stood outside the rare find in their back garden. - Credit: Lily Newton-Browne

A Portishead family discovered an underground shelter at their home while digging up the garden to build a new shed. 

Builders working on the project in Seaview Road believe it is an underground bomb shelter, and Adam and Jo Griffiths are now planning to turn it into a wine cellar.

Adam and Jo Griffiths have stumbled across an old bomb shelter at their home in Portishead.

Adam and Jo Griffiths have stumbled across an old bomb shelter at their home in Portishead. - Credit: Adam Griffiths

The couple took up the patio to build a large shed at the bottom of their garden. Upon removing the tiles and digging down into the ground to install a new drain, they were amazed to stumble across the structure which was full of a rusty, old items.  

The Griffiths family discovering the old bomb shelter.

The Griffiths family discovering the old bomb shelter. - Credit: Adam Griffiths

Adam said: “We have been doing some extensive remodelling of our garden and we removed our smaller shed to make room for a bigger shed as part of the work. 

Adam and Jo Griffiths have stumbled across an old bomb shelter at their home in Portishead.

Adam and Jo Griffiths have stumbled across an old bomb shelter at their home in Portishead. - Credit: Lily Newton-Browne

“Upon the discovery of the old bomb shelter, builders opened up a small hole so we could discover what was inside. We found a number of very rusty items, including an Underwood typewriter, oil canister, teapot, biscuit tin and paint pot, among other things.

“We are now planning to turn the space into a feature of the garden and this will involve making alterations to how it looks currently.” 

Adam and Jo Griffiths have stumbled across an old bomb shelter at their home in Portishead.

Adam and Jo Griffiths have stumbled across an old bomb shelter at their home in Portishead. - Credit: Adam Griffiths

Adam estimates the home is around 80-100 years old, and has been extended over the years. Builders believe the underground structure is an old bomb shelter due to the discovery of a corrugated metal roof inside the space. 

Discoveries found inside the underground bomb shelter.

Discoveries found inside the underground bomb shelter. - Credit: Lily Newton-Browne

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Adam and Jo’s eight-year-old daughter Chloe said the discovery has got her school friends talking. 

Chloe added: “I thought the shelter was cool, especially how it had so much stuff in it.  

“I told the whole school about it at show and tell, and my friends have asked if they can come round to our house to have a look.” 

Discoveries found inside the underground bomb shelter.

Discoveries found inside the underground bomb shelter. - Credit: Lily Newton-Browne

Jo added that builders have been in this week to further open up the shelter.

The family is now planning to convert the space into a wine cellar, which will have stairs leading into it, and the new shed will be built beside the shelter at bottom of the garden. 

An Underwood typewriter discovered in the underground shelter

An Underwood typewriter discovered in the underground shelter. - Credit: Adam Griffiths

Jo said: “We’re looking at installing plumbing which will connect to a kitchenette and toilet in Adam’s new shed, which will probably see the whole of the bottom garden ripped up in the process. 

“The builders are over this week and within the next few weeks, the plans will take shape for the future of the old bomb shelter.” 

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