Goodge Street Station was one of eight underground stations that during the Second World War were used for deep-level air raid shelters. Later in the war it is sometimes said to have had connections to General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander for D-Day.
Due to the heavy bombing of London in mid-1940 it was decided to build deep-level shelters. The Goodge Street shelter was completed in 1942, being situated beneath the existing underground station. The shelter was 100 feet underground. Concrete blockhouses were used to protect the staircases.
In late 1942 part of the Goodge Street shelter became used as a headquarters for the Allied armed forces. The shelter entrance on Chenies Street was used for access to this HQ. Despite its current name (The Eisenhower Centre) this site was not used as a headquarters by General Eisenhower. In the lead-up to D-Day, it was a signals installation used by the US Army Signal Corps, one of several in central London.
Any further information on this location’s D-Day connections would be welcomed.
|Address||Chenies Street, London, UK|
|Location type||Headquarters Site|
|Site Ownership and Access Information||Today the site is named The Eisenhower Centre and is used for storage. There is no public access.|
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