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Report - Tin Brook, Stockport - Nov 2014

paulpowers

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Regular User
#1
Top night crawling about under Stockport in Tin Brook, next time lets pick somewhere a bit bigger

Hempshaw Brook.

One notable, and well documented, site on the brook was Hempshaw Brook Brewery. It’s name taken by the location of the brewery to the brook and associated reservoir to its eastern wing. Constructed in 1835, Avery Fletcher, owner and worker, dammed the flow to produce the reservoir for the use in the brewing process. By 1872 the brewery had expanded and built over the reservoir.

Heading further downstream from the brewery, the brook navigated its way through open land, meeting up with Brown House Fold Brook and onto Carr Brook.
Carr Brook was the location of numerous mechanised mills which harnessed the potential power of the brook. The valley of Hempshaw brook is also known as Hopes Carr, taken from a Mr Thomas Hope, it was he who acquired the first mill in the valley, Stockports second silk mill after Park Mill, and went on to create further mills, Middle and Higher mills in the late 1790s

Given the topography of the valley, it is clear why mills were built here. The brook could be manipulated to form reservoirs, the first of which is documented as being 1759 with the formation of Lower Carr Mill and its associated cylindrical sluice gate, the stone built basin which now feeds Tin Brook, Its name taken from the Tin and Iron workers that were once located on the edges of the brook. One notable site being Victoria foundry located in Lower Hillgate.

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FreshFingers

Choose life, choose tunnels
Regular User
#6
You know what CS, I had a think for local bods when the 'invites' went out, sorry about that! There's a little something soon if your free.
 

JMRodwell

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#15
Great pics Paul! Looks like the exact same brick as the huge railway viaduct not far away!

But what a funny shape that tunnel is you're sitting down in. Any idea why it needs to be that shape?
 

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