For the first and last time, I envious of JJ.
There's a secret door near Victoria station, near some now defunct offices.
Or there was....
What was it like down in the tunnels? You should of popped up in Victoria Station to say hello.
You know I'm veggie so I hate the idea of drumsticks
Where are your pictures?
Get down to Williamson's Tunnels!
why did they build the ones in Manchester?
if one were so inclined, could one find their own way into and around this place? or is a guide a necessity? also, can you let me know when the next tour is (secretly, like)?
In case of a nuclear war. Methinks..
The tunnel under Piccadilly Gardens is an (obsolete) nuclear bunker. The GPO have all their cables and connections down there. because of this very few visitors have been down there. Rumour has it that there are one entrance (which I know is via lift in a building on Back George Street) and two escape tunnels in different directions from the shelter.... both over a mile longJukebox Jury
There are other, deeper tunnels..... Manchester's original streets lay pretty much at the level of the water line on the Irwell and each time the floods came, the streets and houses were just swamped. So the streets and houses were simply 'built over' to raise the level of the streets. The original streets and houses are still there.....doors and windows bricked up, but still there!
A mile long?
I want to go on this (obsolete) nuclear bunker tour.
That's amazing... I would love to go urban spelunking down there. Open up some of those time capsule houses.
Similar thing happened in Chicago. After the city burned to the ground in 1871, they created a master plan for rebuilding which included raising the downtown several stories over the swampy ground. They built a huge system of tunnels. Part of the master plan was the freight for stores and businesses in the central business district ("The Loop") would be offloaded from rail cars on the west side of the Loop and shifted via carts and light rail to the businesses. Over time, the system fell into disuse, and many tunnels were bricked over and forgotten in 2nd and 3rd subbasements.
Until one fateful day in 1992... workers driving pilings in the river accidentally punched through the roof of a tunnel. River water poured through the hole, gushing up into basements all over the downtown area, and even flooding the subway train tunnels. I wasn't living in the city at the time, but you could see the river draining out in a swirl like a bathtub. They finally got the hole patched, but it caused almost two billion dollars in damage.
I love forgotten history like this. My great dream is to inherit a mysterious locked desk containing someone's papers.
Forget it. No chance. No one has a chance. Because of the telecommunications stuff going on down there...it is classified as ''don't even think about it''
Ten years ago I did research on the bunker. Found two articles in the early 1980's from the MEN where a young radical councillor...Mr Patrick Karney... was demanding the shelter be opened up to the public...and if it wasn't..... he wanted to know why.....
So some 15 years later, I contacted the now high ranking Mr Karney and asked him what hapened to his ranting and raving about the bunker being opened up to the public......
2 letters (with copies of the MEN articles) and a fax proved fruitless..... a phone call to his office, had a youngish sounding lad (I'm not implying anything here Mr Karney) answering and said ''oh yes, he has received your correspondence..... he doesn't know anything about a nuclear bunker''
I'm like....''what about the MEN articles?''
And got the same reply.