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Report - Underground Stockport-March '09

sqwasher

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Yet again late putting this up! :eek: Back in March freebird and I donned our headlamps and headed deep in to Brinksway and Dodge Hill Air Raid shelters and as a bonus Tivot Dale Tunnel.

As you all probably know by now there are three Air Raid shelters still remaining in Stockport; one which is open to the public as a museum and the other two 'Brinksway' and 'Dodge Hill ' are now abandoned. Brinksway is the larger of the two abandoned shelters and the old bricked up entrances can still be seen from the road. It is hand carved out of the rock with cement used for strengthening in places. It is large enough to almost get lost in and still has steel or zinc bunk beds throughout its many tunnels. The toilets are still there but many are smashed up now.

Dodge Hill shelter is smaller than Brinksway is also hand carved out of the rock but is interesting due to its location above an old train tunnel 'Tivot Dale'. Above them on ground level sits a primary school and the council were so scared that Tivot Dale and Dodge Hill may cause a land slip and major disaster for the school above that they installed large supports to reinforce the tunnel.

Here's my contribution to the days events! We had SOOO much fun lightpainting in these tunnels & quite forgot about the world outside for a few hours! Onwards...

Brinksway Deep Level shelter

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The original entrances by the road
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We found the inside of this entrance & were peeping out where the brick was missing :p
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Our way in & the main source of fresh air down here!
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Lightplaying time!
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The ceramic cleanable toilets
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This photo (apart from the frame & sig) is totally unedited!
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Amazing to think these bunks have been here 70 years!
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Dodge Hill Deep Level Shelter

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An old entrance & our entrance today!
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Another entrance up three flights of stairs showing just how deep this shelter is
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Bunks, bunks, bunks...
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The toilet area
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One of the cubicles complete with chemical loo
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A dead end with loads of mineral deposits
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Put you sunglasses on for this one! :eek:
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The bonus for today peeps...is Tivot Dale Tunnel which is directly ABOVE part of Dodge Hill Shelter!

Tivot Dale Tunnel

The only remaining portal (Western)
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The first 100 yards has been filled to within 5 foot of the roof!
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Not a patch on freebird's pics of the supports i know but here they are...
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If you've made it this far...well done you! :thumb

More pics on our flickr pages if you're still interested. ;)
 

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Freebird

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Here are my pics of the day :-

Playing with timers, torches and long exposures!
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Brinksway Shelter


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Dodgehill Shelter


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A ghostly me! Or should that be ghastly!! :p
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Tivot Dale Tunnel


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You have to stoop to get through this far!
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The full view of the strengthening structures
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Thats all from me folks! Thanks for looking. :p
 

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