He surveyed the damage he had just done and thinking his day couldn’t get any worse, he knelt in the driveway and peered under his car.
But just as he was about to take a closer look at the concrete pavers, he heard the sickening sound that made his heart pound in his chest. What did he find?
When buying a new home, you never know what you’re getting yourself into. But 37-year-old Simon Marks couldn’t resist when he found a bargain-priced house in Luton, England.
With the papers signed quickly and the transfer already underway, he never questioned why the owner was in such a hurry to get rid of it.
A few months later, Simon excitedly unpacked his boxes. He was looking forward to spending the first night in his new home. After a hard weekend lugging his belongings back and forth, he climbed into bed exhausted. He calculated the distance of his new (and much shorter) commute to the office and cheerfully set his alarm for 8am
But as he lay in the dark, he heard a strange noise.
He tried not to breathe and listened hard. And then he heard it again. It came from outside. It was a dull and muffled sound – like gravel scraping metal. Curious, he got up and stuck his head out the window to scan the garden below. But nothing moved. Everything was quiet again.
He shrugged and climbed back into bed. Little did he know anything was moving beneath his new home.
The next morning, Simon put his black Vauxhall Zafira into reverse. But instead of backing out of its driveway, the car lurched forward. Cursing, he tried again, but the wheel seemed to be caught somewhere.
He revved the engine until the car jumped backwards and let out a relieved sigh. But when he got out to see what was stuck under the front wheel, his stomach turned.
As Simon knelt down to take a closer look, he saw that the driveway cobblestones were cracked. And then, right before his eyes, the driveway began to give way. He jumped back as the cobblestones broke with a sickening crack, then the concrete crumbled and fell into the earth.
But as the dust began to settle, the crack in the floor revealed something really disturbing.
Now Simon knew his home had been built in the 1970s by the elderly couple who had previously lived there, but that definitely wasn’t on the house plans.
When he was sure he could safely shift his weight to the surrounding cobblestones, he lay on his stomach and crawled forward. When he saw something glint in the ground, he got a trowel and started digging.
The earth gave way slightly and soon he could see a piece of metal sticking out of the earth. He uncovered it with his hands until he could grab it, then pulled with all his might. But the rusty piece of metal wouldn’t move no matter how hard Simon pulled on it.
He decided to try digging around the mysterious object to free it from the earth. As he began to uncover more and more of the metal, he saw that it was attached to something.
When Simon first saw the black hole open up, his mind began racing with visions of his car, and even worse – his entire house – being swallowed up by a huge hole in the ground.
But when he looked closer and saw the glitter of a man-made object underneath, he knew he was dealing with something far more sinister. He pulled out his cell phone and called for backup.
Simon’s father, Gerald, raced to the scene. And without professional tools or equipment, the two got to work. They carefully began to remove the cracked concrete around the piece of metal, exposing a rectangular hole in the floor.
There a rusty ladder led down into the darkness. Now they started to feel uncomfortable. Why was this secret passage hidden under the driveway? Where did it lead? There was only one way to find out.
Simon had done his research before buying the old house. He was only too aware that enactments would shed no light on the mysterious passage hidden beneath his driveway.
According to the reports, before the house was built, there was nothing but empty land. A shiver ran down his spine as they began digging.
They dug up the densely packed mud shovel by shovel and carted it off in buckets. The mound of dirt beside them grew by the hour, and soon the two had laboriously dug up about five feet of dirt – enough to climb down the ladder and check.
And what they found would shed some light on the house’s sinister past.
Halfway down the ladder, Simon had a strange feeling. He didn’t want to go any further. What if it wasn’t safe? He ran back to the house to get his selfie stick. His phone firmly attached, he lowered it into the hole.
On the phone screen he saw that the underground passage hid two rooms. Gerald thought he knew right away what they were seeing, but they had to be sure.
Simon had bought the property in question for around half a million dollars. But the land had been used for something else long before the house was built there.
The older man who had sold the house to Simon was the original owner of the house, but he had neglected to tell Simon what was underneath. The sounds he had heard the night before was the fact that the earth finally gave way under the driveway as it fell into the secret room.
Simon and his father stopped digging and started doing their own research. They looked up the lot number and very quickly it became clear. Before the previous owners of the house, this property was empty.
But Gerald was quick to point out that the land was in a strategic place in the city. But even more telling was the time the house was built.
My father saw it and immediately said it was an air raid shelter,” Simon said. “We googled it and found that there are quite a few in that area.” After doing some research, Simon found out that the bunker had been built during WWII!
“The previous owner must have known it was there and when he built the house and planted a garden … he must have filled it in,” Simon told reporters.
In 1938, during the Second World War, a man named Sir John Anderson was put in charge of preparing the county for war. It was his duty to devise a strategy to protect the British citizens from the impending attack and bombings that he knew were coming.
So he devised an elaborate plan to keep the civilians safe.
Sir John Anderson and his team of engineers planned and helped create cheap and simple underground shelters that could easily be buried in people’s backyards. The close proximity meant British citizens could seek shelter at any time.
The walls of these structures were made from lightweight and flexible metal – a better alternative to concrete. Over two million of these bomb shelters were scattered across the country. But what Simon found wasn’t one of them
Just by looking at the chamber Simon had found, Gerald could tell immediately that it was not an Anderson-designed bomb shelter. But it was actually built around 1938 – not long after a bomb landed in the Luton area.
Citizens in the area were shocked to learn that their small town was now a target. They had to find a better way to stay safe.
The community came together and quickly came up with a plan to create a community shelter that was built to better withstand the air raids. Gerald could tell that the shelter they uncovered was definitely not an Anderson-style shelter – it had at least two rooms and was constructed of brick and concrete.
And as Simon and Gerald dug deeper into the shelter, they discovered some unusual artifacts.
In one of the hidden rooms, Simon and Gerald found a newspaper clipping. Dating from the days of World War II, The Herald newspaper had one headline: ‘Luton Airport, is this the end?’ while other articles detailed daily life in the war-torn country.
This artifact offered a rare glimpse into British life during the war, but it wasn’t the only relic they found.
Simon and Gerald also found evidence that the bomb shelter had once been stocked with food and water to feed the people hiding there. After all, people held in underground bunkers could be stuck there for days.
“It’s incredible to think it was all done by hand,” Simon later told reporters.
The underground bunker’s concrete walls had been reinforced with bricks and mortar, providing another buffer of protection from the raids from above. But even after Simon and Gerald finally unearthed the monumental discovery, their work was still not done.
“It was a case of dig, dig, dig. We’re about 5 feet deep at the moment, so it’s only 5 feet until it’s done. I think we need to put in a container because there’s so much garbage to dispose of,” said Simon. Then the couple made another discovery…
One of the walls was bricked up. I’m 90 percent sure we won’t find any more rooms, but we don’t know. They may have bricked up one of the walls when the house was built to make room for the foundations,” Simon told reporters.
“If that’s the case, we just have to let it go,” he added. But it didn’t take long for the discovery to go viral.
As Simon and his father continued to dig, reporters and neighbors began flocking to his front driveway just to take a look at the amazing and historic discovery.
But Simon didn’t care much for all the attention he was getting – his worries lay elsewhere. He didn’t spend hours digging up his driveway to fame.
Simon felt it was important to let the world know about his discovery, but not to make it known. He is committed to the rich history of his country. He didn’t want this piece of history to be forgotten.
He wanted the air-raid shelter to be preserved for future generations. So what does he intend to do when the shelter is completely cleared?
Simon and his father plan to restore and preserve the shelter – they hope it will be declared an important and historic monument. They believe that just because the war is over and long gone, that time should never be buried and forgotten.
They hope future generations will visit the shelter and get a glimpse of an important part of history.
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