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Reigate Caves

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The wine stores in the caves needed to be ventilated. This ventilation grill was in Reigate Tunnel. 13th June 2009. 
 
 
 
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Near the cave entrance was this item. The sign stated it was a meat cooler. 13th June 2009. 
  
 
 
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Beside the meat cooler was this pile of iron plates from a quarry formerly connected to the Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Railway. 13th June 2009. 
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A section of former Godstone quarry plateway track. 13th June 2009. 
  
 
 
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This is a Morrison Shelter, a combined table and bomb shelter, from the Second World War.  People slept under these sturdy steel tables.  There was no protection from a direct hit, but the table could save the lives of any occupants if the house collapsed due to bomb damage. 13th June 2009. 
 
         
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Preserved from the days when the Reigate Caves were used for military purposes and as  a bomb shelter during the Second World War was this steel gents urinal.  13th June 2009. 
    
 
 
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During the Cold War era there had been a nuclear bunker and emergency control centre at Reigate, near to the Reigate Caves. This phonetic alphabet for use when communicating by radio or telephone was on display in the caves.
Photograph dated 13th June 2009. 
 
 
 
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The nuclear bunker at Reigate was cleared out after it closed, but this pile of crockery was left behind and was brought to Reigate Caves for preservation.  The number of plates gives some clue as to how many people were expected to live and work in the bunker following a nuclear attack.  Also the complete lack of cups shows that these essential objects were removed for further use by civil servants before the bunker was abandoned.  13th June 2009. 
 
  
     
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