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Rickmansworth man discovers underground shelter beneath back lawn
A Rickmansworth resident got a New Year’s Day shock when he pulled away turf from a dip in his manicured lawn to discover the entrance to a mysterious underground shelter.
Anthony Abadjian, 62, noticed a slight dip in the garden of his home and removed a section of turf to discover a brick structure five feet below his garden.
The visible brick arches lead down into the ground but until an expert can be found, the true purpose of the underground structure remains a mystery.
The hole runs directly below an area of the garden where Mr Abadjian erects an above-ground swimming pool during the summer months and he believes years of draining water onto the ground may have washed away soil from around the entrance.
Mr Abadjian said: "I noticed the dip which was about two feet across and decided to lift the turf and see what the problem was, what I found was amazing.
"It just started sinking in the wet weather and when I lifted of about six inches of turf there was just this hole.
"It is absolutely not what I expected to find under there.
"I wonder if the amount of water that has been poured on it over the years is part of the reason why it has revealed itself."
The picturesque detached home in Pheasants Way was built in 1929 but the historic looking stone has caused Mr Abadjian to question whether the subterranean structure pre-dates it.
The semi-retired computer consultant has made contact with Three Rivers District Council but they hold no record of any structure under his home so he is appealing for help from any aspiring archaeologists.
He said: "I am hoping someone can shed some light on what it was.
"I have spoken to my local councillor Barbara Lamb who suggested contacting the county council and I have also been in touch with the museum.
"I’m going to strip away some of the turf and put a ladder down there but would like to hear from any budding archaeologists who want to investigate."
Mr Abadjian has lived in the detached house for 27 years and says prior to making the discovery he had no idea there was anything under the ground.
"It is quite a strange thing to find in one’s garden," he added.