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Report - Victoria Arches, Manchester July '11

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by fb, Jul 5, 2011.

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    Bit of history:
    The Victoria Arches are a set of tunnels under Victoria Street near Manchester Cathedral which started life as a collection of new industrial spaces created by the building of a new stone embankment along the river Irwell in 1838. They also served as landing stages, primarily for leisure cruses that ran up and down the river in the early part of the Victorian era.

    With the arrival of WW2, the arches were bricked up and converted into air raid shelters, expected to house around 2,000 people within a ten minute walk of the arches. The arches were accessed by means of wooden steps by arch 3, which were removed in the early 70s.

    There are plans to redevelop the whole area surrounding the arches, with what looks like plans to put in swanky bars and restaurants etc.

    http://www.manchestercathedral.org/development-project if you're interested.

    The visit
    I've been meaning to get in and have a look at the arches since reading about them in Keith Warrender's 'Underground Manchester' almost a year ago. The recent building work seemed to strike a bit of impetus into a good few people on the urbex scene earlier this year, but I had my head in other projects and just missed it. By the time I had finally gotten my act together, 'disabled' access had been sealed, meaning any easy way in was out of the question. It was time for a cunning plan.

    I made the approach with tweek in the early hours, the city still littered with pissheads and fighting women, smashing bottles and puking up all the way from the car park to the Cathedral. Given the amount of stress I thought I was going endure hopping in, it was remarkably straight forward, and I spent a good hour down there trudging about with tweek waiting at the surface keeping an eye out (many thanks for that one mate, you'll make it down eventually).

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    It felt like I was down there for about 10 minutes in the tranquil surrounds of those tunnels, but after I had been up and down the lot, it was time to go, not to mention needing to beat the sunrise.

    And, like the Victorians did 150 years before, I finished my visit to the arches with a leisure cruise down the stinking Irwell.

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    #1 fb, Jul 5, 2011
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