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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Marple water tunnels

Decided to head down to follow up a lead I saw a long time ago and this is the result

In order to supply water to this wheel Oldknow literally reshaped the landscape and the Cheshire/Derbyshire county boundary formed by the River Goyt. The river was re-routed along a new cutting and a weir, sluice gate and leat were constructed to diverted water into a large millpond.
A separate corn mill was sited at the south end of the main mill, powered by its own wheel of unknown dimensions. It is not clear if this was constructed at the same time as the main building, or if it was a later addition. In 1815 a third wheel was added in a separate new building between the main mill and the river. Named the "Waterloo Wheel", it measured 20 feet in diameter and 18.5 feet wide. This wheel was powered by the exit water from the other two wheels via a system of underground tunnels. When not in use the water could be returned directly to the Goyt through a separate tunnel. The "Waterloo Wheel" supplied additional power to the main mill via an underground shaft, whilst a second shaft provided power to series of riverside workshops. The exit level from the bottom of this wheelpit was below that of the Goyt at its nearest point and in order to overcome that problem a significant feat of engineering was required. An exit tunnel was driven under the bed of the river and then carried the water 600 yards downstream until the level had fallen sufficiently to allow it to be discharged.

Which to choose

end of the line

at the end is a nice little tunnel that takes you to the bottom of a well

Time to head off

Cataract Mill

Been a busy day today, I was heading past and decided to have a look in

From the Industrial Revolution until the 20th century, Stockport was a major centre of textile manufacture, particularly cotton spinning and hat making. During this period, the valleys of the River Mersey, River Tame and their tributaries were dominated by large rectangular brick-built factories, many of which still remain today as warehouses or converted for residential or retail use.

In 2010 redundant, planning application pending for conversion to housing.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Curious Tunnel

Originally I was looking at a site above Buxton
but it was sealed on the ground floor and the flood lights shining onto it made the second floor access a bit dodgy
so I resigned myself to not getting in

Shortly after I spotted this in the side of a hill and decided to have a look.

I'm not actually sure what it is, there are no buildings around and it just suddenly ends, all the walls are brick with a couple of small side arches which go back about a foot possibly for passing other people but as it's all brick I can't see how it could be a mine

The water inside is only what is leaking from the roof and I imagine having a couple of steps inside wouldn't be practical for carts

Another side arch this time taller than the first

Close to the end is soil piled up at the side

And then it just ends

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Sidedraft and Supercharger

Sidedraft induction + Supercharger

Sidedraft is a really funky culvert with quite a few features

Follow the brook a bit further and you reach Supercharger A then B

Supercharger A is quite short and only has a strange wooden gate that smells of fresh as a feature

Supercharger B on the other hand has a waterfall and sewer fresh

On with the pics

Sidedraft Induction

Poop chamber
the air in here was quite bad and after a few minutes the dizziness set in

Supercharger A

Supercharger B


In ur poo processor

River of poops

At this point I was crawling out of the 3 foot rcp and went on my arse in a big way and decided to call it a day.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012


My last trip down Megatron resulted in some crap pictures so I headed back under 

Until the 17th century the name Sheaf was written as Scheth or Sheath. Sidney Oldall Addy equates the origins of this word with the Old English shed (as in water-shed) or sheth, which mean to divide, or separate. Historically, the Sheaf—along with its tributaries the Meers Brook and the Limb Brook—formed part of the border separating the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Mercia and Northumbria; it remained on the border between Yorkshire and Derbyshire into the 20th century. The city of Sheffield derives its name from the Sheaf.
The River Sheaf was originally culverted in the 1860's.