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PostPosted: 11-12-2013 12:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

First sight of hidden River Roch bridges

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The River Roch was the lifeblood of Rochdale at the time of the Industrial Revolution, but in Victorian times it was covered over and forgotten about.

BBC North West Tonight reporter Mark Edwardson was given a one-off tour of the underground medieval bridges, which have remained unseen for a century.

They could now be uncovered in a £4.2m project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Rochdale Council and the Environment Agency.


There's a further link to click with a map and more information.
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PostPosted: 11-12-2013 12:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

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First sight of hidden River Roch bridges

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The River Roch was the lifeblood of Rochdale at the time of the Industrial Revolution, but in Victorian times it was covered over and forgotten about.

The river Kenwyn flows in to Truro between the two quaysides that once formed the Port of Truro. But as the river silted, and ships became bigger, the port became redundant, and the area between the old quays was built over with a car park in the 1920s. This was later redeveloped as a modern Plaza.

http://www.trurouncovered.co.uk/step-back-in-time/the-port

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http://cornwalltidesreach.weebly.com/truro.html
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PostPosted: 18-12-2013 12:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

Repairs to mine-damaged homes in Camborne continue
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A £1m project to secure Cornish houses at risk of collapsing into old mine shafts is continuing.
Work on the properties in Camborne was only due to take a few months but engineering problems have delayed it.

Many houses were built on top of a 300-year-old mining tunnel system, or adit, which became blocked, forcing water up into some houses.
Cornwall Council, which is spending £1.6m on the scheme, said it should be finished by next spring.
Some of the Troon houses are held up by huge steel girders and steel piles which extend 14m (46ft) into the ground.

David Owens, the assistant head of service for environment and waste at Cornwall Council, said: "If you open a whole [sic!] in the ground in Cornwall you never know what you might find.
"The project has taken longer as we've been dealing with extremely difficult ground conditions."

Ian Johnston, Cormacs' site manager, said: "We've got ex-Crofty and Wheal Jane miners. Their experience has been immense."

Two homes in New Street in the village have been underpinned and a new tunnel will be built to replace the collapsed adit.
Eric Parsons, who lives in the street, said: "We can do nothing about it. It's up to the experts.
"They know what they're doing and they can put it right."

Some residents are about to move back into their homes in time for Christmas.
The project is expected to be completed in early 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-25426779
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PostPosted: 13-01-2014 08:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Secrets of Ramsgate's wartime underground tunnels
12 January 2014 Last updated at 00:29 GMT

Most people think of Dover as being the most important town on the front line during World War Two, but nearby Ramsgate also played a significant role in the defence of the UK.
Yet many of the town's wartime secrets lie buried and forgotten deep below the ground.
Sixty feet underneath the town of Ramsgate lies a network of tunnels extending for three and a half miles.

The tunnels were dug in just nine months at the beginning of World War Two, using mostly picks and shovels.
During World War Two they became a refuge, a secret underground town providing shelter from air raids for 26,000 people.

Famous visitors included Prime Minister Winston Churchill who came to Ramsgate to inspect bomb damage but was forced to descend into the tunnels for shelter during an air raid.

The tunnels were abandoned for 75 years but now Phil Spain and the Ramsgate Tunnels' Team have been working on a project to restore them.
Inside Out meets Phil to hear about the forgotten history of Ramsgate's underground wartime labyrinth.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25403900

I worked out of Ramsgate for a season in '85, and the topography of the place lends itself to tunnels, as most of the town is built on the clifftop.
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PostPosted: 28-01-2014 18:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Disused Rosudgeon mineshaft opens under main road

Part of the main road between Helston and Penzance in Cornwall has been closed after a disused mineshaft opened up.
It left a 10ft (3m) hole at the side of the road on the A394 at Rosudgeon.
Mining historians say the area is "riddled" with such workings.

Cornwall Council contractors have set up traffic controls in order to excavate the hole, see how deep the mineshaft is and to deal with it.
"Once we open up the feature, we'll have a good idea of what different types of remediation we can employ," engineer Brian O'Connell told BBC News.
"If it's a shaft feature we can look at using a concrete plug maybe, or even a structural slab," he added.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-25931637

From the photo, the hole at the surface is only about 3' across.
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PostPosted: 28-01-2014 21:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hole found in Cornwall.

Slow news day.
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PostPosted: 28-01-2014 22:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hole found in Cornwall.

Slow news day.

Ha ha! Yes, looking at the OS map of the area, it is littered with disused mines and shafts.

But this new hole is at the edge of a road, so clearly has to be dealt with before it decides to swallow a passing heavy goods vehicle...

..or a bus with rynner aboard, heading for Penzance! Shocked
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PostPosted: 29-01-2014 13:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another one!

Camborne house collapses into street

Part of a semi-detached house has collapsed in a Cornwall town.
No-one is reported to have been injured in the collapse on the ground and first floor of the house in Tehidy Road, Camborne, at about 05:00 GMT.
The BBC believes the family who live there were moved out on Tuesday when cracks began to appear. The road is closed both ways due to rubble.
A former mining adit is reported to have opened up several years ago in a neighbouring garden.

Tony Bunce, who lives nearby, said he believed heavy rainfall in the area had affected the house.
"It doesn't look like a mineshaft has collapsed," he said.
"It looks like water has got into the stonework."

Engineers from Cornwall Council and contractors Cormac have started inspecting the area.
No-one was available for immediate comment from Cornwall Council.

The collapse follows a hole in the road appearing at Rosudgeon in Cornwall, revealing a deep mine shaft beneath on Tuesday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-25942266

The local TV news interviewed a mining engineer. He reckoned the problem with old mines is the age of the wooden pit-props, which are slowly rotting away. After heavy rain, the weight of the saturated ground above can no longer be sustained, and the pit props give way.
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PostPosted: 12-02-2014 09:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Camborne house collapses into street

Part of a semi-detached house has collapsed in a Cornwall town.
No-one is reported to have been injured in the collapse on the ground and first floor of the house in Tehidy Road, Camborne, at about 05:00 GMT.
The BBC believes the family who live there were moved out on Tuesday when cracks began to appear. The road is closed both ways due to rubble.
A former mining adit is reported to have opened up several years ago in a neighbouring garden.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-25942266

Camborne family whose house collapsed thank double glazing company for saving their life
By WBJLock.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A FAMILY from Camborne whose house collapsed into a disused mine earlier this month has thanked a double glazing company for saving their lives.

The Williams’ household in Tehidy collapsed after a huge crack appeared on the side of their home.
Mike Williams said if it was not for double glazing company, Dawes and Windows, he may have been inside at the time the house came down.
Dawes and Windows had made adjustments to the front door but had been called back three times by the Williams.
They then found that the door had subsided by 25mm, sparking concern that the house was subsiding.

Mr Williams said: “After fitting a beautiful door the level of aftercare was superb, they came back on numerous occasions with no fuss and ended up being the ones who discovered the house was in danger.
“They practically saved our lives as we beat the house collapse by two days.
“I can’t praise them enough and would never go anywhere else to get any work done.”

Phil Dawe, Director of Dawes and Windows said: “Mr & Mrs Williams contacted us as their door required some adjustment, which is very unusual for our company.
“We dutifully went out and made the necessary alterations and everyone was happy, but over the next five months we had to return three more times.
It was when we revisited the installation in January this year that we realised something more sinister was causing the issues.”

A structural engineer was appointed by the insurance company who confirmed the house was subsiding and would require some remedial work.

A few days later the whole left side of the house collapsed, but luckily the family had been moved to a Premier Inn and were not in the property at the time.

http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Camborne-family-house-collapsed-thank-double/story-20605459-detail/story.html

But this story will probably worry a lot of people with a stuck door or window... Alternatively, they might just put it down to the wet weather, and ignore something that should have been checked... Life's never easy! Shocked
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Winnie the Pooh teddy among objects found in Scottish sewers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-26195258

Winnie the Pooh teddy in sewer

A Winnie the Pooh teddy bear was found dumped in a manhole in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire

A large Winnie the Pooh teddy, a bike, a fax machine, jeans and a snake were among a host of bizarre items found in Scotland's sewers last year.

Scottish Water said it dealt with more than 40,000 blockages in the drains and sewer network.

Most were caused by people putting things such as cooking oil, nappies and baby wipes down sinks and toilets.

It is running an awareness campaign to highlight the issue, which it said creates costs of more than £7m a year.

A series of television and radio adverts will urge householders to dispose of kitchen and bathroom waste responsibly.

jeans in sewer
A pair of jeans caused a blockage at Strathblane in Stirlingshire
The adverts will also highlight the importance of saving water by doing simple things such as turning off taps while brushing teeth.

Scottish Water said cooking fat, oils and grease coupled with bathroom waste such as cotton buds, nappies and baby wipes created "a perfect storm of solidified fat and material that cannot break down easily in large clumps beneath Scotland's streets".

It warned the blockages can often lead to flooding and expensive repairs.

Chris Wallace, of Scottish Water, said: "The waste water drain which runs from your house to the public sewer is usually only about four inches wide, which is less than the diameter of a DVD.

"This drain is designed to take only the used water from sinks, showers and baths and pee, poo and toilet paper from the toilet."

The firm has also released a list of some of the more unusual items discovered in the sewer network.

Some of these - including mobile phones, jeans, false teeth, pants and toy action figures - were flushed down toilets.

However, other more bulky items - including a pink ladies bicycle, a fax machine and a large Winnie the Pooh teddy found in East Kilbride in South Lanarkshire - had been dumped down manholes.

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A pink bike and fax machine were also dumped in an East Kilbride drain
The Scottish Water campaign to tackle blockages and encourage more responsible waste disposal also involves leaflets and school visits in the Stirling and Dumfries areas and will run for seven weeks.

Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: "I welcome the launch of this new initiative by Scottish Water to raise awareness of how to keep the sewer system clear of waste.

"Waste is a resource and there are significant environmental and economic benefits for Scotland if we work together to manage it more efficiently."
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PostPosted: 17-02-2014 20:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's amazing what gets dumped down sewers these days, just lift up a access cover (I can't say "manhole" anymore, in this politically correct society) & dump your rubbish down......

Sadly more common with those in social housing, as they aren't goanna' be paying the plumber's bill.
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PostPosted: 18-02-2014 12:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

FelixAntonius wrote:
It's amazing what gets dumped down sewers these days, just lift up a access cover (I can't say "manhole" anymore, in this politically correct society) & dump your rubbish down......

Sadly more common with those in social housing, as they aren't goanna' be paying the plumber's bill.


Is that a quote straight from the Daily Mail? I can see the headlines now.

PC Gone Mad, Can't Say Manhole Anymore

Benefit Scum Drop Litter Down Manholes and Taxpayers Have to Pick Up The Tab.

Bulgarian Immigrants, Will They Be Climbing Up Your Toilet and Use Our NHS?
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PostPosted: 18-02-2014 13:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm yes.....

I won't be paying the bill as I'm insured, doesn't mean I'll be shoving down down the nearest drain.......
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Plans approved to open Mail Rail 'secret Tube' as ride

Plans to open The London Post Office Railway - known to many as Mail Rail - as a tourist ride have been approved by Islington Council.
Visitors will be able to ride 0.6 miles (1km) of the tunnels under central London from 2020.

A new postal museum will open at Mount Pleasant, in central London, in 2016.
The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) still needs to raise £0.5m and plans to launch a public appeal later this year.

The team also expects a decision to be made in May on its application for £4.5m funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Mail Rail was approved by an Act of Parliament a century ago, and during its heyday its driverless trains carried 12 million postal items daily on the line stretching from East End's Whitechapel to west London's Paddington.
In its prime, 220 people worked on the line, which runs beneath Oxford Street in central London - at one point within a few feet of the Bakerloo Line.

But by the 1990s, Royal Mail built a new hub in Willesden, west London, and by 2003, only three of eight Mail Rail stations still worked
That year, Royal Mail said the line cost five times as much as using roads and the network was mothballed.

Ray Middlesworth, who has worked as an engineer in the tunnels for 27 years, said: "It's the holy grail for underground explorers - a hidden part of the rail network.
"Some people called it the Post Office's best-kept secret."
[Video by Dan Curtis: Explore the darkness of London's Mail Rail with engineer Ray Middlesworth. ]

BPMA director Adrian Steel said: "It is a fantastic opportunity that Islington borough council has given us - the green light to open up these unique tunnels to the public and reveal the captivating story of Mail Rail."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-26534175
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PostPosted: 12-03-2014 11:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never understood what was secret about it. It used to be covered as a matter of course in books on railways. Unless by 'secret' these days we mean anything the public isn't allowed to go and vandalise.

Nor was it ever called 'Mail Rail'.
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