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Report - Victoria Arches, Manchester - 03/11

Millhouse

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Explored with Gone, Sho, and NickUK.

I've wanted to get in here for ages, thanks to the guys above :thumb


History:

In 1838 a new embankment was created along the river Irwell to support a new road, and a series of arches were built to be used as industrial spaces. The industrial units were used for a variety of purposes over the years – including copper and iron works, a battery station for the Manchester Electricity Department (aswell as meter testing, maintenance and storage), and landing stages were built for steam boats in the 1890s. The Irwell was described in 1860 as "almost proverbial for the foulness of its waters; receiving the refuse of cotton factories, coal mines, print works, bleach works, dye works, chemical works, paper works, almost every kind of industry."

During World War II the arches and surround tunnels were converted into air raid shelters, with additional brick blast walls, lavatories, and bunks. It provided shelter for just over 1,600 people. The main entrance to the system was a staircase next to the Cathedral. This is the most recent use of the Arches until now, as conversion is beginning to modernise and make use of the space.



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