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Report - All Ova, Rochdale - Oct 15

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by concreteJungle, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. concreteJungle

    concreteJungle 28DL Regular User
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    Tunnelmon & I had just come from exploring Bits and Pieces, the first of the culverts of the Sudden brook. When confronted with a big stone outfall of the last culvert of the same brook I was surprised not to have seen it before. Turns out Ojay had explored it a while back and included it as part of his Bits and Pieces report which had been cropped by archiving. Having never been formally named we assigned one.

    All Ova is the last culvert of the Sudden Brook before it flows into the River Roch, it's pretty long at 900m and mostly big CMP although not all of it is walkable.

    The outfall and initial section is built from stone blocks, soon after it becomes a corrugated arch with concrete floor, a roar soon revealed itself to be a cascade.

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    The corrugated metal pipe that made up the majority of the culvert must have been around 10ft tall. It was built with a sticky black layer of bitumen lining which remained in sections above the waterline, the invert was starting to corrode away in sections and required a careful footing.

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    After a bit of a walk the metal pipe changed to a trapezoid concrete channel as it passed under Edinburgh Way, the remains of what looked like an old boiler lay within.

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    It's a noisy drain in parts, the next roar sounded like a fire hydrant from a distance. Often the enclosed space of a culvert makes sounds worse than they actually are, in this case a small surface drain connected from high up, a quick dash through the spray avoided wetting wet.

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    The exploration came to a swift halt as a concrete wall blocked the majority of the pipe, a much reduced space underneath showed a 4ft brick arch leading off into the distance. The infall had a grill and we were running low on time so we called it a day, fluctuations in the flow from the hydrant pipe were obvious and disconcerting so I was glad to be heading out.

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  2. Ojay

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    Some fine pics you have there, at least your camera came out working :p

    Some of that corroded CMP is razor sharp and almost claimed my foot too, I'm not sure what it is with Rochdale culverts but I've had nothing but bad experiences

    At least the name lives up to expectations :D
     
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    Nicely done :thumb
    Always love the reflective pics the corrugated liners produce
     
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    that looks fucking ace :thumb
     
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    Liking that :thumb
     
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    fantastic piks mate loving the culvert
     
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    beautifully lit pics there mate ,looks a cracking explore this one!
     
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    Damn nice that lot!
     
  9. norman normal

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    This brings back some memories. I went down those steps and under the road back in the 70s before it was culverted. I must have been 12! I'm still interested but just read about all your exploits now. I also explored Dunlop mill up to the clock tower.
     
  10. concreteJungle

    concreteJungle 28DL Regular User
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    It must have been one hell of a project to bury the brook, interesting to hear your recollection Norman.
     
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    The Highams mill was on the site originally as I remember. It must have been demolished, amongst other reasons, to make way for the dual carriageway. I remember the river open running alongside Silk St. It turns left at the end then it went into a culvert and under Edinburgh Way. I never went in there, too daunting for a 12 year old. I probably shouldn't have been that far from home too! I can't remember it before the dual carriageway came through unfortunately but they must have paved it under Manchester Rd. at a similar time. Thanks for your interest.
     
  12. Walrus75

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    Eeee, I remember when that used be all fields :)
    Nice report mate.
     
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