World War II shelter in Priory Crescent

Recent research by local campaign group Saxon King in Priory Park to establish what became of the tunnels under the former Ecko factory on Priory Crescent has drawn a blank as Bellway Homes and Southend Borough Council try to hide what they know about the site. We suspect that the tunnels were damaged or destroyed in the process of demolishing the buildings above them.

However, on 14th December 2001, Peter and Denis Walker arranged a visit to the site and took photos of what they found. These photos are shown below. Some of the tunnels had been used for storage and they learned that over the years, most of the interesting historical items – posters, signage, etc. had been removed.

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