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Report - Meanwood Beck - Leeds, Oct 2011.

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by jST, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. jST

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    Meanwood Beck - Culverted sections, Leeds - October 2011.

    Visited with Sammydoublewhammy, Dr. Muttley & WB.

    The four of us decided to walk the culverted sections of the Meanwood Beck to the outfall at the river Aire. Accompanied by WB's fiery fenix and a loudhailer which incorporated a version of the football favourite "ole, ole, ole" We set off in search of lulz.

    The Meanwood Beck runs through Adel, Meanwood and Sheepscar into the River Aire in central Leeds. Arriving at the outfall you are commonly met with many "WTF" stares from people lounging and fishing near the Royal Armouries.

    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.

    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, in the 21st century it provided a mooching ground for simpletons like us.

    There are many different interesting constructions ranging from stone arches, elaborate twisting brick arches and boring rectangular concrete box sections. Due to some time constraints, we trekked straight through, and straight back, leaving Cyclops and other little pooey smelling pipes for another day.

    Here are some photos:

    The outfall:













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