Mayfield Road

South Edinburgh

 Steel Shutter used to create an Air Raid Shelter

 A steel plate used to create an air raid shelter at a house in Mayfield Road, South Edinburgh

 

Mayfield Road

Steel Plate used to create an Air Raid Shelter

Thank you to David Fiddimore for sending me the photograph above and writing:

Steel Plate

"Here is a photograph of a metal (cast steel) plate which closes over the window of a downstairs room (probably originally the dining room) of a house in Mayfield Road - turning it into a bomb proof (except for direct hits) refuge. The house is owned by my daughter.

These photos were taken a couple of years ago.  I think that this is a unique survivor  I have never seen anything remotely like it."

World War I

"I suspect that it derives from the First, rather than the Second World War.  I have heard before that the Zeppelin raid of April 1916 caused panic in the city, and people attempted to fortify their houses where they could.

Interestingly someone has commented that the steel shutter is a standard shipyard steel plate size.

World War II

"In the second world war the house would have been more likely to be modified with a Morrison Shelter under the stairs, or an Anderson in the back garden."

Steel Plate - Open

"Here is another photo provided by David Fiddimore.  This one shows the steel plate in its open position.  The person, supplied for scale, is a six footer."

A steel plate used to create an air raid shelter at a house in Mayfield Road, South Edinburgh

 

 

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