Clare’s back garden discovery

Clare Cassidy and the mysterious structure in her back garden
Clare Cassidy and the mysterious structure in her back garden
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WHEN Clare Cassidy decided to extend her home she had no idea what lay beneath her garden shed, but what she found has sparked mystery.

Just weeks ago work started on an extension at the back of Clare’s home in St James Road, Orrell, but when builders dismantled the shed that has been there for the 12 years she’s lived there they discovered a huge hole beneath its foundations.

And as the intriguing bunker-like construction was revealed paving slab by paving slab the mum-of-two was gobsmacked, as were the builders.

She said: “As the builders were taking down the shed a hole developed in the corner of its foundations and they could see water, so they put a stick in it and it went down about eight feet, so they took all the concrete off and this extraordinary red brick construction was revealed.

“It was completely full of water, so until that was drained we couldn’t get a full idea of what it was, but when we eventually saw it in all its glory we were stunned.

“We might not know exactly what it is, but we know we’ve got a great piece of history sat in our back garden.”

It is thought that the brick bunker could be an air raid shelter built during the First World War, but Clare, who lives in the house with her partner John Bullock, is appealing for anybody who knows what it is to get in touch.

It is 20 feet long by nearly nine feet wide and about eight feet deep and borders Newfold Primary School, which it could also have once been part of.

She said: “Now we just really want somebody to come forward and let us know what it is because someone out there must know.

“Already we’ve had so many stories about what it might be, but nobody has been certain yet.”

Clare, MD of Buggy Tunes, which creates music for babies to listen to in their prams, is now looking to include the historic construction within the extension.

She is in talks with her structural engineer and architect to see whether that would be possible.

She said: “We are thinking of having it as a wine cellar because it will be directly below the new kitchen.

“Whatever the discovery turns out to be it is a fascinating piece of history and we want to incorporate it into the house in some way.”