A photograph taken during the liberation of Tielt in September 1944 (archive Roede van Tielt), clearly depicts a shelter with 2 overground entrances made in concrete. One of these original entrances, located just outside the excavation trench, was additionally dug up. The other one is still conserved under the modern day street. Contrary to what one might expect, the 2 entrances do not give access to a central underground hiding place. They give way to a zigzag underground concrete construction. Photos from 1942 (Wim Martens) confirmed this. The pictures show the zigzag corridor being built in concrete. In the structure people could stand up straight: the space measured 1.4m wide and 1.8m high; it stretched nearly 20m long. Most of the structure was located outside the excavation area, but with assistance of the topographer of the Flemish Heritage Institute (V.I.O.E.) the rest was visualised on the street level.
Archival research pointed out that the shelter was built by contracter from Tielt, called Edgard Lievens (1901-1997), in a commission from the Ministry of Internal Affaires and Public Health (Service for Passive Air defence). The construction was started in June 1942 and were terminated in October of that same year. Contracter Lievens was familiar with the building of shelters; in 1941 he had already built the shelters on the squares Stationsplein and Rameplein. A third one was built in May 1942 in the backyard of the school, situated on the Lakenmarkt.
(Janiek De Gryse)