Indian-origin granddad finds WWII shelter underneath his backyard, converts it into bar

A school caretaker living in Wolverhampton in central England, Khandu Patel said he discovered the World War II air-raid shelter underneath his backyard 40 years after living in the same house.

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[REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE] File photo of Wolverhampton
[REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE] File photo of Wolverhampton (Picture Courtesy: Facebook @Beatrice Cristina Bernacik)

A 68-year-old man of Indian-origin stumbled upon a curious discovery, a World War II air-raid shelter beneath the home he has been living in along with his wife for 40 years. Khandu Patel, a resident of Wolverhampton in central England has now turned the air raid shelter into a bar for friends and family.

During World War II, such air raid shelters were built across the UK, including in Wolverhampton, to protect locals from German air-strikes and bombardments.

A school caretaker by profession, Khandu Patel told The Sun that he had always wondered why there was a manhole cover in his backyard. It was during the lockdown that Patel decided to lift up the manhole cover only to find concrete.

Patel, accompanied by a friend, started digging only to find a staircase underneath the concrete. Soon after, Khandu Patel and his friends managed to dig 10 ft down to the 5 ft by 10 ft air raid shelter dating back to World War II.

"We reckon most of the street would have used it during the war. It could probably have got 40 people inside cramped," Khandu Patel told The Sun.

The semi-detached house in Wolverhampton was built in the 1920s.