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Report - Lemon Quay Culvert, Truro - August 2016

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by The_Raw, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. The_Raw

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    Truro once had a bustling port to deal with shipments of locally mined tin and copper. At some point in the 18th century, it moved from its original medieval site, in the shadow of the town's castle, to Lemon Quay in the centre of the city. The quay was named after the prominent mining magnate and Member of Parliament, Sir William Lemon. In the 1920s, Lemon Quay was covered over and it has since been redeveloped as a Piazza. Underneath Lemon Quay runs the river Kenwyn which is one of three rivers hidden beneath the streets of the city (the Kenwyn, the Allen & the Tinney) which combine further down stream to form the river Truro.

    A friend told me about this when I was visiting him in Truro a couple of months back so I had a little look online but couldn't find any pictures from underneath the piazza. Roll on a few weeks myself, @Maniac, @merryprankster and @elliot5200 planned a trip to Cornwall and stuck this on the list. I was hoping there might be some offshoots from the main tunnel as there are 3 rivers under the city but it was just one long tunnel from one end of the piazza to the other pretty much. Anyway here's what we found from west to east.

    1. It's important to check the tide times before going in here as the water gets very high very quickly, you can see the high level on the right hand side.
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    3. Some original stone work remains at the entrance but is soon replaced with concrete.
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    4. Spot the pigeons.
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    5. Merryprankster pulling a man pose
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    6. Looking back west
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    7. At the eastern end of the tunnel there was a parallel section filled with piles of silt.
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    9. As you reach the end you can see the old paddle steamer 'Compton Castle'
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    10. And that's your lot, nothing amazing under there but it was interesting enough nonetheless.
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    11. & 12. The piazza now & back then, looked better with ships parked up if you ask me!
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    Thanks for looking [​IMG]
     
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  2. JohnSmith

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    Awesome photos!

    Read one bit wrong in my head "...piles of silt." I'll let you use your imagination haha.

    I have a question, do these places not smell horrendous?
     
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    Haha yeah I read it back like that too. This was fresh water so there was no smell at all that I can recall.....
     
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    Delightful this Mr Raw, I couldnt see the pigeons but I am on my phone and I hate it when people actually know which way is west,...north, east or any other direction when underground...kudos for that cos normally its only the feds that can do that on the telly :D..enjoyed reading this and seeing your pics :thumb
     
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    Haha I didn't have a clue in all honesty mate, I just checked on google maps to keep my report accurate. Hope you're well, must catch up soon :D
     
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    All good here Damien...Id like that :thumb
     
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    very nice,
    never been to a tidal culvert, looks interesting.
     
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    You people with your filthy brick porn. I work on the quay next to that, rather you than me going down there given the smell... Some nice shots though.
     
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