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Report - Buttonhole, Leicester - July 2015

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by Yorrick, Sep 13, 2015.

  1. Yorrick

    Yorrick 28DL Regular User
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    Also known as Melton Brook overflow

    Melton Brook rises to the East of Leicester and meanders for about 10km through a mostly rural catchment area of about 100 square km before reaching the city boundary. There have always been natural flood meadows along it’s route and one of these was in the Northern part of the parish of Thurmaston.

    In 1934 this part of Thurmaston was separated and renamed as the new parish of Rushey Mead.

    In 1964 14 hours of “biblical rainfall” caused flooding of unprecedented proportions throughout the county. Rushey Mead saw particularly high water levels. Soon after this an overflow drain was constructed to divert the flood waters of the Melton Brook. It was built at the same time as, and alongside, Troon Way.

    Went for a look with @KM_Punk after putting it off for nearly two years. Took my usual lazy wangle shots on the way upstream but tried a bit harder with the 35 prime for the downstream trip and prefer most of those. Hope you enjoy.

    A twin bore comes under the bridge and into a compound.

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    The original course of the brook goes off to the left through this restricted channel

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    …whilst the overflow crosses this weir to the right for the main attraction.

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    Big concrete box…

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    ....turns into 7’ RCP. The top of the RCP is only about 12” above the weir in pic 3

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    And after a kilometer of this...
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    ....a broken lid near the outfall provides a distraction
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    I know, more concrete from Leicester! There will be brick soon, I promise!!​
     
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  2. Oort

    Oort The spice expands consciousness.
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    Bet your back was glad to be out of there!
     
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  3. Will Knot

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    Some pretty nice pics in there.....thanks for sharin' :thumb
     
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    Yorrick 28DL Regular User
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    Only the first and last hundred feet was stoopy, The main pipe is 7' and I'm 5 and a bit so no, it was fine!
    Cheers Will :thumb
     
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    Your pics came out good. Glad we finally did this :thumb
     
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    Yorrick 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers mate. I definitely want to persevere with the 35mm / f2 / ISO100. Just need some glasses so I can get my focus a bit sharper! :rolleyes:
     
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    Should've gone specsavers
     
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  8. UrbanCaving

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    Nice to see someone getting in here again :)
    Leicesters little drain gem I think, for now at least ;)

    There is some nice brick porn around Leicester too, just often quite stoopy.

    Also neer where I think you exited from buttonhole, there is an interesting manhole that heads down to a chamber for the pumphouse neerby ;)
     
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  9. Yorrick

    Yorrick 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers @Pom
    Yeah, we spotted that and added it to the list along with Leicester's main brick sewer. Work's taking up most of my life for the foreseeable though, and @KM_Punk has started Uni so I doubt we'll be looking this side of Christmas!
     
  10. UrbanCaving

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    Popped you a PM mate, didnt realise you where into sewers too :)
     
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