Published On: Thu, Mar 20th, 2014 on 6:00 am

Historic WWII air raid sign discovered in Bradford’s City Hall

Bradford City Hall WWII Sign

Builders working at Bradford’s iconic City Hall have unearthed a World War II sign that directed people to the location of an air raid shelter in the building’s basement.

A worker discovered the sign after he removed a cupboard as part of work to convert former police rooms into a registrar office and wedding venue.

In the 1940’s, the sign would have directed workers and people of the public to take shelter in the basement during raids carried out by the German Air Force known as the Luftwaffe.

The Luftwaffe grew to become one of the strongest and most experienced air forces in the world during WWII, playing a huge role in the aerial bombing campaign that took place during the Battle of Britain.

The airforce later disbanded in 1946 when the Third Reich was defeated.

It is believed that the newly-discovered sign – which will now be framed for preservation – was covered up in the 1950’s by Bradford’s police force.

Commenting on the discovery, estate manager Steph Moore said: “It was amazing to see this sign which has remained hidden all this time.

“We would love to hear from anyone who worked in City Hall during this time or remembers using the shelters in the basement of City Hall during the war.”

City Hall is undergoing work that will soon see the creation of a new Bradford Registrars Service, with an extended venue for celebrations, and improved premises for the registration of births and deaths.

There will also be a police museum the public will be able to visit.

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