Simon Marks was pulling his truck out of his driveway in Luton, England, when he hit something unexpected. He thought he had accidentally driven over his flower beds, so he got out to inspect the damage. However, he hadn’t driven onto his flower bed but rather a gaping hole in his driveway. When he peered inside the hole, he couldn’t believe his eyes.
Inside the hole in his driveway was a ladder that led to a two room shelter. “This massive hole appeared. I thought it was a sinkhole or a badly constructed garden,” Simon explained, according to The Sun. “I was just terrified the whole house was going to vanish. I took some pictures and sent them to my dad. When I moved a few of the slabs out of the way, I found a ladder. I got my selfie stick and put it down the hole where I saw two rooms.”
The second his father laid his eyes on the pictures, he knew exactly what he was looking at: an air-raid shelter.
“The previous owner must have known it was there, and when he built the house and put a garden in, he must have filled it in,” he explained. “He clearly wasn’t very worried about it and it just sat there until the hatch fell through. I think it’s great and I want to clear it out and preserve it if it’s structurally sound.”
Simon and his father have begun excavating the area in order to preserve the shelter.
“It’s incredible to think it has all been made by hand,” Simon admitted. “It’s part of our history so it should be kept.”