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Found: An Abandoned Air Raid Shelter Hidden Beneath the Brush

The site where it was found is said to be haunted, too.

The shelter after the overgrowth was cleared away.
The shelter after the overgrowth was cleared away. Scottish Water

The solar panel installation crew was expecting they might encounter radioactive material or, possibly, a ghost. But the air shelter dating back to World War II was a surprise.

Recently, a team for Scottish Water Horizons was installing a field of solar panels at a former military site, one of 12 air stations of the Royal Flying Corps. The station had been moved to this location in 1913 and was meant to protect nearby Navy bases. It’s said to be haunted by Lieutenant Desmond Arthur, who died here in a plane crash in 1913.

The local council had warned that there might be munitions or radioactive material on the side. But as they cut back the overgrowth, the crew was surprised to find a hidden air raid shelter, which no one knew was there. They cleared the area around the shelter and reconfigured their solar panel plan to accommodate this surprise structure.

That was the only surprise, though; despite the warnings of the site’s haunted past, Lt. Arthur never showed up.