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This extension is still there today, but the shed that protrudes across towards the Chippies Shop was gone by 1963 (obviously put there between 1945 and 1948 – according to the photos), although I think it was still there in 1955 – according to shadows on the ground in a 1955 photo.

I’d lay money on the tunnel not going in at the ‘Chippies Store’ as this is shown intact all through the photos over the years, and so could not have been built to hide the tunnel entrance.

If you have a real close look at the 1930s photo as per below, you can actually make out what appears to be a sloping roof line (outlined by the arrows), a roof that comes out from the cliff and the white area that I originally thought may have been sliding door hangers, are some sort of giant "hinge", or roof support.

I say "hinge", as at a latter point of time, I found that this "roof" appeared in some of the photos Martin and I had collected by then (over 300 of them!) but was clearly not there in others. It seemed to appear and disappear from year to year. Over time I concluded that it had to be a hinged door that substituted as a roof when it was open, hence when it was caught on camera, it was open, and closed when it wasn't! Inside this roof/door would have been the iron gates.

There is the possibility that what appears as a possible tunnel in the above photo is simply a small extended room at the end of the "Workshop" as shown on the photo next page (dated 1910), but this still doesn't explain the veranda type roof seen above it in this photo.

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