Welcome to my Portsdown Tunnels website. I have lived in Portsmouth UK all my
life, and have been interested in Portsdown and what lies underneath it since I was 8 years old. I was amazed to find that
this subject had virtually no other presence on the internet - or
the library - especially when you look at
what has been documented for other UK cities. (See my links
page). I am not an archaeologist, but it seemed odd to me that more was
known about a long barrow from 2000BC than a World War II deep
tunnel shelter, hence Portsdown Tunnels was born. The website
is now into its 20th year and contains over 800 photos, 190 pages
and has received over 1 million hits - the hit counter stopped working
years ago, and I really can't be bothered to fix it.
Although this site is primarily concerned with underground Portsdown, it
also includes above ground sites and events which have tended to be overlooked
in the past, or which are poorly documented.
This is a one man show, I - Bob Hunt - do the lot,
from research to web authoring. The site's annual budget is £0.00
(pounds sterling - (€0)). I am now semi-retired but continue working
for the Ministry of Defence,
teaching mathematics and computing to the Royal Navy. I live in Paulsgrove on the southern slopes of Portsdown,
Portsmouth, UK. more
Some of the information presented here is from
memory, both mine and others, along with research at the Portsmouth
City Records Office, the Portsmouth Central Reference Library, and
the National Archives at Kew. I have established many significant contacts through
email who have provided tremendous help.
If you have any comments,
contributions or questions, then please email
me, even if it's just to give an opinion of this site. No matter how slim your contribution or experience of
Portsdown may seem, get in touch with me. What may seem irrelevant to you, could
be just the lead I'm looking for. All emails are guaranteed a reply, usually
within 48 hours.