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Report - Brindley Tunnel - Wet Earth Colliery - April 2015

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  1. Kenni

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    Brindley Tunnel - April 2015


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    Built in the 1740's by the renowned engineer
    James Brindley, water from the Ringley Weir ran in to the tunnel and down an inverted u-shaped siphon which travelled 10 metres underneath the River Irwell, and on for almost 2km before it reached the waterwheel which powered the pumps for the colliery.

    The original tunnel was 800 yards long but has since been reduced to around 300 yards with the building of the Ringley water-works above. The tunnel is driven through sandstone and is brick-lined in places, the shaft is currently flooded. Although only short, the tunnel is brimming with fantastic features and is an engineering masterpiece.

    History and more information of the colliery can be found
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    The flooded shaft that leads under the Irwell

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    Thanks for looking :thumb

     
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  2. Snake Oil

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    Always....... :D
     
  4. dartian

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    Great pics and no welly fail this time.
     
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    I'd heard this had been closed off recently, nice to see that's not the case! How dodgy is that brickwork above the downcast sump :)
     
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    We want waterwheels!
     
  7. Lancashire lad

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    great piks pal cheers
     
  8. dartian

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    Yes cj. It doesn'tgive you much confidence when you stick your head in. And the wooden prop doesn't look like its going to last much longer as well.
     
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