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Report - Gripper, Manchester - May 2012

raisinwing

28DL Regular User
Regular User
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Visited with BAJ

Bit of info stolen from Paul Powers:
This runs across Platt Fields, on the fenceline between Manchester High School for Girls and the Park. At its end it is culverted underground and exits into the lake.

"Part of the Very Ancient Mickle or Great Ditch sometimes called Nico Ditch Well-known A.D.1200. Extending over Five Miles from here to Ashton Moss and Bounding Several Townships Described fully in Vol. xxiii. of Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society".

The above quote has been lifted from the inscribed stone placard situated beside Nico ditch, which runs through the park. The ditch is said to have formed a defensive line against Danish or Viking raiders attacking up the Mersey. The story is that it was dug in the space of one night - quite a feat in the ninth century-as it measures at five miles, 183 yards.
A spur of the moment decision to go for an explore led us to Manchester in search of Gripper, being our first drain/culvert thought it would be a good idea to do something easy. Was fun and a good enough excuse to do some light painting.

Roll on more drains in the near future, will need to get my hands on some waders!

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