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Report - Corah, - the flooded basement, Leicester - June 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Yorrick, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. Yorrick

    Yorrick 28DL Regular User
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    In 1855, Thomas Corah & Sons had 2000 knitting frames, making it one of the largest hosiery firms in the country.
    By 1865, it’s premises on Granby Street had become too small, and so the company decided to relocate to a site north of the city centre.
    The initial plans devised a scheme for the construction of premises on an immense scale.


    I think this basement was built / dug in 1936, apparently 70 years after the building that was above it.
    As it has no windows or light wells, I guess it was storage.

    When I saw Pigdog’s report a few weeks ago, I noticed the water wasn’t as deep as I had thought so me and Oriental Orange donned waders
    and wellies respectively and went for a wander.
    We were surprised how far it went – we came out right next to the chimneys at the very back of the site.

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    The water here was maybe three inches deep.

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    This tunnel connects to the South basement, coming out on the other side of the lift.

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    By this point the water is about ten inches deep.
    The waves I was making were nearly breaching Oriental Orange’s wellies.

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    Finally, our exit near the chimneys.

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    There’s more to see down there, so we’ll definitely be going back.​
     

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