"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
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. The person,
supplied for scale, is a six footer."
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."