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Report - M&M, Yorkshire - Aug 15

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by Hydro, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. Hydro

    Hydro 28DL Regular User
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    For around a year id been saying to myself i must do Masticator and Megatron but id never gotten around to it. However last month i got them both done with a little help from @Raz & @ACID- REFLUX

    So we shall start in date order, with the Masticator.

    Bit of History;

    The Meanwood Beck (Masticator) is a stream in West Yorkshire, England, which flows through Adel, Meanwood and Sheepscar into the River Aire in central Leeds. The same watercourse has been referred to as Addle Beck, Carr Beck, Lady Beck, Mabgate Beck, Sheepscar Beck, Timble Beck or Wortley Beck.

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    The beck was previously a source of water for the village of Headingley and two of its earliest bridges led straight to it. The beck carries a much reduced volume of water over recent years as water is collected instead into the many drains in the centre of one of Britain's largest cities.

    Meanwood Beck runs through Meanwood Park and Woodhouse Ridge. It provides water and drainage for Meanwood Valley Urban Farm.

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    In the 16th to 18th centuries it provided power for corn mills. In the 19th century it supplied water for a chemical works and tanneries, one of which, Sugarwell Court, is now a university hall of residence.

    The Beck suffered a serious pollution incident on 29 March 1999 when an oil tank at the University of Leeds' Bodington Hall was overfilled and 10,000 litres of oil flowed into the beck. It is also a habitat for the indigenous European crayfish, which is currently threatened in the UK by a plague carried by the Signal crayfish introduced from America. As well as the crayfish there is also bull head fish present which can be found easily with a net and a pair of waders; they generally are located on the stream bed in the mud and silt.

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    The Meanwood Valley Trail footpath follows the line of the beck for much of its course however once it flows underground things get very interesting.

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    And on to the Megatron.

    Another lil bit of hist;

    “Deep underneath Sheffield City Centre – below Park Hill, the train station and Ponds Forge – three rivers meet in a Victorian-engineered subterranean cathedral, built to protect the city from devastating floods”.

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    Megatron, as most people now know is a large underground storm drain, which was constructed in the mid-1800s. The land on which Sheffield Midland Station was built in 1870, alongside various cutlers and silversmiths, was originally marshy and insalubrious, owing to the Porter Brook and the River Sheaf which run through that part of the city, and for this reason it was prone to regular flooding. To create solid foundations both rivers were partially covered; these drains would then frequently flood after heavy rains, protecting the rest of the growing industrial city of Sheffield. The manipulation of the rivers also served to benefit various mills and steel factories which required large quantities of water to function. The tunnel system remained a hidden secret for many years; a mysterious rumour amongst the general public since only a few Yorkshire Water engineers ever went down there. In an effort to keep the rest of society out of the system the rumour was reportedly extended, to convince everyone that full respiratory equipment was required if anyone ever desired to enter into the depths.

    (History shamelessly stolen from Wildboyz - Hope you dont mind matey :thumb)

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    Explore;

    A very good weekend this was, Myself and Raz mooched down to Sheffield to meet a well known explorer and the king of sarcasm ACID- REFLUX. i must say after seeing him shoot down so many people in such epic ways over on 28DL i was very apprehensive about this meet but as it turns out there was nothing to be worried about in fact i can now actually use my camera so cheers for the help mate :thumb

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    Spent a few hours down here whilst waiting for Wildboyz to finish work

    Heres some more from Le Megatron...

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    ACID- REFLUX in action
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    So this is normally where i put thanks for looking, feel free to like/comment, look at my page ect blah blah blah but today ill leave you with this;

    "Is the river really beautiful or is it just the gradient of the land?"
     

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  2. Valiant

    Valiant 28DL Full Member
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    Excellent report mate. Quality pics. Places looks amazing. I need to start going sub-terrain.
     
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  3. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Nicely done young apprentice lol

    Just need the 2nd section for you now below Ponds Forge, as we were short of time.

    King of Sarcasm eh ? I've been called worse lol

    Always willing to help mate ...unlike some ;)

    And the cheques in the post ;)
     
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  4. Hydro

    Hydro 28DL Regular User
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    Well worth getting underground :thumb
     
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  5. Hydro

    Hydro 28DL Regular User
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    Will return with a vengence and a pair of waders to get the second part, somehow i dont think wellies will cut it.

    I bet you have been called worse lol, you do have a good point though.

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  6. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    I have many valid points ;)

    Yeah you need waders to get into the impressive Arch part & for the swim up to the Weir / wall :D
     
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  7. Alley

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    Really nice report. This is a great photo :thumb

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    Keep the drains coming :thumb
     
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  9. Hydro

    Hydro 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers mate :thumb
     
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    Hydro 28DL Regular User
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    Certainly will @Ojay - liking them very muchly at the moment :thumb
     
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