File this under “truth is stranger than fiction.” A man’s car got stuck when he was pulling out of his driveway, so he investigated the situation to find out why. In the process he made a pretty crazy discovery. There was a hole in the ground, with a ladder leading down.
Trust us, it gets even crazier from here. Simon Marks, of Luton, England, discovered the hole when his driveway partially collapsed and he was unable to back out of the driveway. He feared it was a sinkhole at first.
Simon explained to The Sun, “This massive hole appeared. I thought it was a sinkhole or a badly constructed garden.” He added, “I was just terrified the whole house was going to vanish. I took some pictures and sent them to my dad. When I moved a few of the slabs out of the way, I found a ladder. I got my selfie stick and put it down the hole where I saw two rooms.”
His dad knew instantly what it was: an air raid shelter, which the two researched and discovered that a few of these bomb shelters were located in the area. This one in particular was likely built during World War II after a German bomb landed in this location. Simon noted: “We googled it and found there are quite a few in this area. It is made from concrete lintels and is in immaculate condition.”
He explained to BBC.com: “It was so well structured with the concrete roof and the walls, it was quite clear what it was going to be. We googled other air raid shelters and they were all of a similar structure, so it clicked quite quickly what it was.”
Once he knew what it was, Simon cleared it out and uncovered some pieces of history inside, including bottles and newspapers.
He believed it was a plot of empty land before a home was built there, but thought it may have been in the back of someone’s field. Simon explained that the house was built in the 1970s, noting, “I think the previous owner must have known it was there, and when he built the house and put a garden in, he must have filled it in.”
He added, “He clearly wasn’t very worried about it and it just sat there until the hatch fell through. I think it’s great and I want to clear it out and preserve it if it’s structurally sound.”
Simon and his dad cleared out the mud in the 10 foot deep bomb shelter using buckets. He commented: “It’s incredible to think it has all been made by hand,” adding, “It’s part of our history so it should be kept.”
Simon also explained that one of the walls was bricked up. If so, he said they won’t try and remove the brick, explaining, “They might have bricked up one of the walls when the house was built to make way for the foundations. If that’s the case we’ll just have to leave it.”
What a cool discovery!