Grandfather, 68, turns WWII bomb shelter into a BAR

A grandfather discovered a World War Two air raid shelter at the home he has lived in for the past 40 years after he inspected a manhole cover in the garden. 

Khandu Patel, 68, lifted the manhole cover in the garden of his home in Wolverhampton while gardening. 

The semi-detatched house was built in the 1920s and a previous owner had excavated a large air raid shelter in the garden. 

Khandu Patel decided to inspect a mystery manhole in the garden of his semi-detached home of 40 years in Wolverhampton

Khandu Patel decided to inspect a mystery manhole in the garden of his semi-detached home of 40 years in Wolverhampton

Khandu Patel decided to inspect a mystery manhole in the garden of his semi-detached home of 40 years in Wolverhampton 

Mr Patel and a friend continued excavating the manhole to discover a flight of stairs

Mr Patel and a friend continued excavating the manhole to discover a flight of stairs

Mr Patel and a friend continued excavating the manhole to discover a flight of stairs 

The manhole cover, pictured left, would have acted as an escape route if the stairs, pictured, were destroyed by an aerial bomb

The manhole cover, pictured left, would have acted as an escape route if the stairs, pictured, were destroyed by an aerial bomb

The manhole cover, pictured left, would have acted as an escape route if the stairs, pictured, were destroyed by an aerial bomb

Mr Patel and his wife Usha, 62, have lived at the home for 40 years. 

He told The Sun: ‘I’d always wondered why the manhole cover was there. During lockdown me and a friend decided to lift it up. Under it was concrete.

‘We started digging and it became apparent it was a staircase. It was amazing seeing all the steps exposed.’ 

Soon, Mr Patel and his friend had excavated a set of stairs which went 10 feet under his garden. 

He added: ‘We reckon most of the street would have used it during the war. It could probably have got 40 people inside cramped. We’re turning it into a bar. It’s going to be where we can relax and when allowed, have family over.’  

Since uncovering his shelter, Mr Patel has painted the walls and installed a table and some lights. 

The shelter was made from brick and concrete.   

Mr Patel, pictured, installed lights and painted the shelter to make it more hospitable

Mr Patel, pictured, installed lights and painted the shelter to make it more hospitable

Mr Patel, pictured, installed lights and painted the shelter to make it more hospitable 

Mr Patel, pictured, said he would like to invite friends and families to enjoy his subterranean bar - once Covid-19 restrictions are eventually lifted

Mr Patel, pictured, said he would like to invite friends and families to enjoy his subterranean bar - once Covid-19 restrictions are eventually lifted

Mr Patel, pictured, said he would like to invite friends and families to enjoy his subterranean bar – once Covid-19 restrictions are eventually lifted

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