A man was stunned to discover that a hole appeared in his driveway — but he was truly amazed when he found out what was underneath.
Simon Marks said he was pulling into his driveway when his car wheel suddenly caved in.
“This massive hole appeared. I thought it was a sinkhole or a badly constructed garden,” he told The Sun. “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.”
When Marks’ father saw the two rooms down below, he know immediately that it was an air raid shelter.
“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 said. The man said he believes the shelter might have been built after a German bomb landed close to the house during World War II.
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 said.
“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. It’s incredible to think it has all been made by hand. It’s part of our history so it should be kept.”
Since finding it, Marks and his father have been excavating it with buckets and finding old relics among mud and dirt that was packed to nearly the top of the hole. Some of the relics include glass bottles and old newspapers.
The pair is currently halfway through the dig.
“I think we’re going to have to get a skip in because there’s so much rubbish to get rid of,” Marks said. “One of the walls has been bricked up. I’m 90 per cent sure we won’t find out any more rooms but we don’t know.”
The amazing find quickly went viral after it was shared online.
Sources: Newsiosity, The Sun / Photo credit: Newsiosity, The Sun