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Google Earth Plug-in: The Rotundas - WWII Government Bomb Shelters (with overlay)

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This site was originally a gas works with two gas holders (built 1875). The holes left by the gas holders were converted in World War 2 for use as bomb shelter 'citadels' - the North Rotunda and the South Rotunda. The Rotundas were designed to survive the impact of a 500lb bomb and had 12 foot thick concrete roofs. In 1943 the lowest level of the North Rotunda (codenamed Anson) was kitted out as the reserve to the Cabinet War Rooms. In more recent times the Rotundas were used as a communications centre and a civil service sports club, amongst other things. The whole site (including the 3 Marsham Towers) was demolished in 2002/2003 to make way for the new Home Office building. See for more information.

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