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Report - River Sherbourne Culvert, Coventry -July 2015

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by WildBoyz, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    History

    The River Sherbourne, whose name is said to have stemmed from the term ‘Scir Burna’ (meaning clear stream) in the Medieval Ages, flows through the centre of Coventry, England. Essentially, Coventry originated owing to its close proximity to the river, and it depended heavily on it for its continued survival; it was a vital source of food and, of course, water. Over the years a number of small villages and hamlets subsequently merged as industry grew. The river itself begins in the fields around Hawkes End, in the Parish of Allesley. From there it flows through Spoon End, and then directly into the city of Coventry. Although the river was open and visible before the Second World War, Coventry had to be rebuilt following the extensive damaged caused by the Luftwaffe between 1940 and 1941. The reconstruction of the city involved building 4,000 new residential homes and a new cathedral; in order to do this a large stretch of the River Sherbourne had to be culverted, to provide additional building space above ground. The culverting of the river, which runs for approximately 1.25 miles, was finally completed in the 1960s. More recently, however, plans to reopen the River Sherbourne have been revealed, in efforts to make the city appear more attractive: for some reason, unbeknown to myself, it would appear that there’s a widespread rumour that Coventry is a shithole and in desperate need of a facelift.

    Our Version of Events

    This was the first explore with a new crowd of people, and my first time in Coventry. In my opinion, it’s really not as bad as everyone makes out; the ice cream, for example, is apparently quite tasty. But, having said that, I guess I’ve seen more of Coventry’s underworld than its surface, so my opinion might not be the greatest to go by. Anyway, with that aside, we arrived in Coventry despite having got lost several times, and I managed to endure the wee domestic situation going on in the front of the car. Access was interesting without waders, and particularly brambly, but we cracked on and, after a bit of walking, we finally reached the entrance to the culvert. For the most part, the entire tunnel is long, and some might say rather samey; however, there are a few interesting features which stand out – especially when you reached the bricked sections. There are also a number of other pipes and tunnels leading into the culvert which, all in all, make the systems very large indeed.

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  2. ACID- REFLUX

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    Wheres"s the Hawaiian Shirts ?
    Nicely done mate :thumb looks well worth a mooch with or without the added drama ;)
     
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    :thumb Nice one

    It's a decent walk to do the entire culvert (both bits) and back again
     
  4. Keynsham

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    Very nice, better than the surface.
    The other good thing about Coventry is Gladdings bread.
     
  5. WildBoyz

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    Much to our disappointment, there were none present.

    It was very strange, we could hear trains inside this one too. It was almost like we were near a railway line.
     
  6. WildBoyz

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    Thanks :thumb Yeah. I really liked all the different off-shoots leading elsewhere too. Most are big enough to climb inside and venture down.
     
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    Thanks :) Not tried the bread, will make sure to do that if I return.
     
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    nice report some cracking piks to boot
     
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    Nicely done :thumb
    the bit of drama amuses me

    oh, and sorry to hear about your recent trip that didn't end so well :eek:
     
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  10. WildBoyz

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    Thanks mate. It ended well, just the little mishap in the middle :p
     
  11. WildBoyz

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    Thanks man, cheers for looking.
     
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    ice creams are very nice :D
     
  13. WildBoyz

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    I'd noticed that you're rather partial to a spot of ice cream now and then ;)
     
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    The side passages don't go anywhere, they just get more and more stoopy as you go on!

    Did you pop the manhole at the other end to make it a nice through trip?
     
  15. WildBoyz

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    Ah right, interesting to know. Nah, not lid popping this time. We had a bbq to get to :thumb
     
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