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Report - Victoria Arches/ Cathedral Steps. Manchester. Feb 2011.

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by NickUk, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. NickUk

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    A few years back, when I was at high school, I stumbled upon The Cathedral Steps online. As soon as I laid my eyes on some fine imagery of the place, I was intrigued.
    Later that day I typed in www.28dayslater.co.uk into my address bar, and from that moment onwards, I was hooked.
    I started to look at buildings in a whole new light, I actually took in my surroundings, I stared at the architecture of buildings, Ventured into places off limits to the public... My life changed.
    It was The Cathedral Steps that triggered this whole scenario off, Infact, This website probably wouldn't exist without the events that happened that day, And since then I have been waiting... Waiting for my time, My time to explore the arches.
    Last night was my time...
    "Eventually" is what my friends will be saying, and yes I agree, It's long overdue!

    The pictures below are from my first visit, but I have visited the site several times over the last couple of months with various explorers, including Gone, Millhouse, Sho and Skrill.
    History

    "The Victoria Arches were a series of arches built in the embankment of the River Irwell in Manchester. They served as business premises, landing stages for Steam packet riverboats, and also as World War II air-raid shelters. They were accessed from wooden staircases which descended from Victoria Street.
    Regular flooding of the river resulted in the closure of the steam-packet services in the early 20th century, and the arches were used for general storage. In World War II the arches were converted for use as air raid shelters. The arches are now bricked up and inaccessible; the staircases were removed in the latter part of the 20th century."
    More History.

    Big thanks to Gone for hitting this one up with me.


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    Thanks for looking,
    Nick.
     

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