History of Air Raid Shelters At School, Loose Lane, Sompting
Visit by Mr Vaughan from the
Bombs were dropped near the School this morning. No one was injured the children took cover in the school building, calmly going to the places previous assigned to them in Air Raid practise. . One of these did not explode but was exploded by Army engineers five days later.
Miss Honeywill and
Work commenced on shelters.
Saturday, at about 12.30 a.m. 3 HE bombs were dropped, one in the Recreation Ground a few yards from the School House Garden Wall, a second in the garden of No. 12 Orchard Cottages and a third a few yards West of The Reading Room. The shelter in the Recreation Ground was badly damaged. The walls stood but for some reason the reinforced concrete roof was holed in part, cracked and damaged generally. New concrete roof required. Part of walls to be taken down and rebuilt where cracked.
Drainage work in playground to remedy flooding near shelters.
About the children sheltered under desks
when enemy aircraft flew overhead dropping bombs when passing over
Workmen commence to cut three doorways to allow of easy access to shelters.
Discussion concerning the demolition of the playground shelters
During the Easter holidays the two air raid shelters which had stood in the playground since the 1940s were demolished
This is a picture of the remaining air raid at the Centre. This shelter is open during the Sompting Festivals and is used by the children from Sompting schools for history lessons “as it was”. The shelter can be opened for viewing if requested – requests to either the Parish Clerk, Assistant Parish Clerk or the Centre Manager.
The Parish Council is working with Lancing and Sompting Pastfinders on making the viewing of the shelter more interesting with artifacts and photographs and a leaflet. We shall be seeking grants for this work. If you want to pass on information, photographs etc then please email the Parish Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org