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Air Raid Precaution Centre

A Grade II Listed Building in Hackney, Hackney

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Latitude: 51.5632 / 51°33'47"N

Longitude: -0.0599 / 0°3'35"W

OS Eastings: 534576

OS Northings: 186710

OS Grid: TQ345867

Mapcode National: GBR J6.1LM

Mapcode Global: VHGQM.XZ60

Plus Code: 9C3XHW7R+72

Entry Name: Air Raid Precaution Centre

Listing Date: 13 August 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1235876

English Heritage Legacy ID: 426746

Location: Hackney, London, E5

County: Hackney

Electoral Ward/Division: Cazenove

Built-Up Area: Hackney

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Michael Stoke Newington

Church of England Diocese: London

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The following building shall be added:-
(East side)
735/10009 Air Raid Precaution

Bunker built as Air Raid Precaution Centre. 1938. Concrete,
approximately 2 metres thick and set about 1.2 metres below
ground level as a half basement. Crudely built walls with
shuttering lines; some shrapnel damage, particularly to the
west face. Rectangular in plan, with long axis running on
east-west line; all corners chamfered except for the
southwest. Steps down at south corner, west face, into air
lock: pair of steel doors with portholes, rubber gaskets and
furniture of original design. Corridor along south wall giving
access to Messenger's Room, Telephone Room and, at the east
end of the bunker, the Supervisor's Office and Map Room.
Reached by a short fixed ladder in the east wall of the
Supervisor's Office and Map Room is a circular escape hatch to
air lock; outer lock door has been removed. Entered off
Messenger's room, and located at the west end of the block,
are the Store Room and Machine Room. The Machine Room retains
original plant for air supply and purification and emergency
electricity supply, as well as ventilator ducts running from
this room to the rest, along the north wall. The Electric
generator pedal driven by a twin bicycle frame survives as
does the tiered air filter units made by Sutcliffe Speakman
and Co., Ltd. of Leigh, Lancs. On the north wall is a battery
control unit made by the Chloride Electrical Storage Co. Ltd.,
linked to a chest on the floor which held a 12-volt battery
for emergency lighting and heating. Two 12-volt light fittings
survive in the ceiling. The storey above, flat roofed and made
from brick, has been extensively altered: the earliest section
is to the south. Concrete roof with shuttering lines
throughout upper floor. The Rossendale Street ARPC was the
northern report centre, part of a system which included a main
centre located below Hackney Town Hall. It was used to
co-ordinate information on bombing raids, for the deployment
of teams for emergency rescue and repair work.

Listing NGR: TQ3457686710

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