Thursday, 5 July 2018

Looking for Mr Anderson .......... 79 years after his debut in the gardens of Chorlton and pretty much everywhere

Now there was a time when Mr Anderson could be found in 4 million gardens across the country and certainly in Chorlton-cum-Hardy.

Mrs Waterworth's Anderson, 2018
The Anderson Shelter was cheap effective and could be built in a day which was an important consideration with war just round the corner.

The Government began issuing them in the February of 1939 and by the outbreak of war there were one and half million of them, which by the end of the conflict had risen to 4 million.

Yesterday I wrote about the one in Lambton Road and its proud owner a Mrs Waterworth.*

And as I hoped people came forward with the location of others along with stories of growing up with one.

The Anderson arrives, 1939
So this is the competition ....... how many are left and how many can be located?

And that it is.  You can reply via the blog, or by social media.

Already, John H Parker,  commented "We had one buried in the back garden in the house we moved into in November 1943 on Barlow Moor Road. 

It was buried just over four feet deep and covered with grass sods. 

We used it once between 1943 and the end of the war in 1945.

It was removed by the Council in 1946, the hole filled in and covered with mowable lawn".

Putting he bits together, 1939
And Marion Jackson recalled, "the damp smelliness of them!We had a Morrison shelter which was a big metal cage in our cellar, needed large cellars to fit them".

Location; all over Britain

Picture; Mrs Waterworth’s Anderson, 2018, courtesy of Peter Topping, delivery the Anderson Shelter, Daily Herald, 1939,m09586, and erecting it, 1939, Daily Herald, m09587, courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council, 

*At the bottom of almost every garden ...... a shelter from Mr Hitler’s bombs ..... in Lambton Road in Chorlton,

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