Working underground 648 meter tunnels in a school may seem unusual, but in a school like Christ Hospital these tunnels are essential to everyday use.
In 1902, when the school was built, they were designed like trenches and the school was built on top of them. The main purpose of the tunnels used to be heating, so the tunnels had many pipes running through them that carried steam. The tunnels were also used by the matrons to dry and store the school uniform and to this day you can still see the old pulley systems to transport items from the tunnels to the boarding schools. The tunnels during World War II were essential as they were used as air raid shelters and in bad weather the students used the tunnels to gain access to the school’s cafeteria, chapel and classrooms. However, you no longer have access to the tunnel system.
However, these tunnels were not always helpful. In October 2003 the steel gas lines corroded due to moisture in the tunnels and as a result all gas lines had to be shut down for the winter! To make matters worse, the Queen was visiting, so getting the kitchens up and running again was a top priority. Electric radiators were ordered to replace the heating, but unfortunately it wasn’t until February for the students that the gas lines were finally up and running again.
Now it’s primarily used for cables, wires, gas and water lines that run through the tunnels, and it’s also the home of resident ghost Ozzy. Maintenance Manager Neil Manning said Christ Hospital has saved a significant amount by being able to store all of these things underground.
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