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One hundred and fifteen Second World War earth-bermed air raid shelters are visible on historic aerial photographs. Located on the northern perimeter of the Gloster Aircraft Company factory and airfield at Hucclecote.
County: Gloucestershire
District: TEWKESBURY
Parish: HUCCLECOTE
NGR: SO 88 16
Monument Number: 48365
HER 48365 DESCRIPTION:-
2015 - Severn Vale NMP Project.
One hundred and fifteen Second World War earth-bermed air raid shelters are visible on historic aerial photographs and were mapped as part of the Severn Vale NMP project. Located within the perimeter of the Gloster Aircraft Company factory and airfield at Hucclecote and centred at SO 88137 16501, the earth-covered air raid shelters were constructed adjacent to the main factory buildings on the airfield’s northern perimeter, due to the high number of employees working at the factory complex (some 14,000 in total working in shifts). Most of the factory’s air raid shelters, however, are recorded on the 1965 dated 1:1,250 scale Ordnance Survey map, but the Severn Vale NMP project has also mapped those air raid shelters that had been demolished by 1965 but which are visible on aerial photographs taken in 1944. Ordnance Survey maps show that of these air raid shelters survived to the early 1970s but appear to have been demolished by 1976. With one exception, the air raid shelters measure about 18 x 6 metres, most being set out in rows with a general NW-SE alignment. There is a single air raid shelter, centred at SO 88462 15927, located in the middle of the airfield away from other factory buildings, that is larger in dimensions than the other
shelters at about 40.5 x 17.5 metres, aligned SSW-NNE with two entrance on the western side. None of these air raid shelters are visible in aerial photographs taken in 2010, which show them to have been levelled and now under roadways or building units of the expanding Gloucester Business Park. {Source Works 4249, 6880, 7823, & 10250.}

Monuments
AIR RAID SHELTER(SECOND WORLD WAR)

Protection Status

Sources and further reading
4249;Historic England;Various;Vol:0;
6880;RAF (1946);1946;
13085;Next Perspectives;2010;
7823;United States Air Force (1944);1944;
15259;Various;2016;
13514;Matthews G;2015;

Related records
SEVERN VALE NMP PROJECT;1577274
HISTORIC ENGLAND AMIE RECORD;1587252
PILLBOX STUDY GROUP;39474-528
HER   21177     Brockworth Aircraft Acceptance Park (1914-18) and Second World War airfield structures of the Gloster Aircraft Company (GAC) factory. Brockworth, Gloucester.
NMR INDEX NUMBER;SO81NE 135

Source
Gloucestershire County Council: Historic Environment Record Archive