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  1. History Holwell is a small hamlet in the Parish of Ab Kettleby, near Melton Mowbray. The Parish of Ab Kettleby has long been known for it’s Iron Ore reserves in Ab Kettleby, Holwell and Wartnaby, Holwell being the main location. There were also Quarries at Eaton, Scalford and Wycombe, close to the Vale of Belvoir. Holwell was the most important centre. Iron ore was first quarried to the north of Holwell on the south side of the narrow part of Landyke Lane in 1875 and continued in various places to the north and east of the hamlet until 1930. From 1931 until 1943 iron ore was mined rather than quarried east of Brown's Hill. The mine was a drift mine and the tunnel emerged from the north side of the hill in 1943. Holwell Quarry in the late 19th century. Quarrying was resumed at that point and continued until 1962. The last quarrying took place close to the road to Scalford Hall. Quarrying was done by hand with the help of explosives at first. The first quarrying machine was a petrol parrafin digger introduced in 1930. The first diesel digger arrived in 1943. The ore was at first taken away by horse and cart, but the Holwell Iron Company built a standard gauge mineral railway in 1877 which connected with the Midland Railway's Syston to Peterborough line west of Melton Mowbray. Most of this mineral railway was taken over and improved by the Midland in two stages: first as part of their Nottingham to Melton line and then as their Holwell branch (connecting with that line) in 1887.This was extended the same year northwards to Wycomb Junction on the Great Northern's Waltham branch. This branch transported the ore from Holwell as well as some of that from Eaton. A large section of this line is now the Old Dalby Test Track, running from Melton Mowbray to Nottingham, with the main engine shed being located at Asfordby Valley, this area is known locally as Holwell Works. London Underground’s stock at Widmerpool station on the Old Dalby test track The Holwell company built their own iron works close to the Holwell Branch which operated from 1881. The works was called Holwell Works because it was built by the Holwell Company but was actually at Asfordby Hill. The quarries and the mine fed the standard gauge line by means of narrow gauge tramways. These were at first worked by gravity or horses, but diesel locomotives were introduced in 1933. The tramways were replaced by lorries in 1948. The quarry lasted through the 1950’s, but eventually closed in 1962. The mine was only open from 1931 to 1943. The area now, managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust Part of the quarry area has been smoothed over. Part has been left and retained as a nature reserve. There are warning of the single track road leading to the quarry, not to drive too far onto the verge due to the risk of collapse. Explore This was an impromptu explore, following explore somewhere that was disapointing and boring. I have been reading up and checking this place for a couple of years or so with a couple of others, but with no results. After meeting a couple of mine explorers, we got chatting about Holwell, so on this night with a couple of others, we decided to give it a go. On previous looks and nosies, I knew that the place was a trifle unstable. On one survey visit with UrbanCaving, we found that one of the entrances was completely blocked by a cave-in. Proving the iron gate at the opening a little futile. Once in, I walked off ahead with Rat. We soon found multiple cave-ins and questionable techniques to avoid further cave-ins. Only my second mine to date, but I’m sure I’ll be doing a few more in the future. (1) This is on of the cave-ins we discovered inside the mine. Much of the roof is held up by wooden and iron supports. This shows that it's not entirely foolproof. (2) (3) (4) Dodgey looking roof support made from wood. Not entirely convinced this would made today's Health & Safety standards for a safe working environment. (5) (6) (7) Cheers for Looking
  2. History Ladybower was built between 1935 and 1943 by the Derwent Valley Water Board to supplement the other two reservoirs in supplying the water needs of the East Midlands. It took a further two years to fill (1945). The dam differs from the Howden Reservoir and Derwent Reservoir in that it is a clay-cored earth embankment, and not a solid masonry dam. Below the dam is a cut-off trench 180 feet (55 m) deep and 6 feet (1.8 m) wide filled with concrete, stretching 500 feet (150 m) into the hills each side, to stop water leaking round the dam. The dam wall was built by Richard Baillie and Sons, a Scottish company. The two viaducts, Ashopton and Ladybower, needed to carry the trunk roads over the reservoir were built by the London firm of Holloways, using a steel frame clad in concrete. The project was delayed when the Second World War broke out in 1939, making labour and raw materials scarce. But construction was continued due to the strategic importance of maintaining supplies. King George VI, accompanied by Queen Elizabeth, formally opened the reservoir on 25 September 1945. During the 1990s the wall was raised and strengthened to reduce the risk of over-topping in a major flood. The original dam wall contains 100,000 tons of concrete, over one million tons of earth and 100,000 tons of clay for the core. The upstream face is stone faced. Materials were brought to the site on the Derwent Valley Water Board's own branch line and their sidings off the main line in theHope Valley. The dam's design is unusual in having two totally enclosed bellmouth overflows (locally named the "plugholes") at the side of the wall. These are stone and of 80 feet (24 m) diameter with outlets of 15 feet (4.6 m) diameter. Each discharges via its own valve house at the base of the dam. The overflows originally had walkways around them but they were dismantled many years ago. The bell mouths are often completely out of the water and are only rarely submerged, often after heavy rainfall or flooding. Explore On our way from Manchester, back to Leicester, I decided to take the car I was in, over Snake Pass. We were an hour ahead of UrbanCaving's car and I didn't have a key to his house, so there was no rush back to middle England. Beautiful road and after a couple of stops for photos, we were coming towards Ladybower Reservoir. So I posed the question, "As we're here, why not?" I've wanted to do this beauty for years, each time I've been in the area, the bellmouths have been flowing well. After weeks of little to no rain, we had our chance to strike. The general opinion was "Fuck it, why not?" So we pulled into the car park, got the camera kit on and headed on our way. Once in, I was gobsmacked with the size. And the echo. Awesome sneaky explore which put us behind schedule by an hour (sorry UrbanCaving). Really enjoyed this one, certainly worth the lateness. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) Cheers for Looking
  3. As if by chance, a group of us were in Manchester at the same time. All agreeing to meet with the Manchester lot on our 2nd day there. After a facebook discussion that seemed to go on forever, made harder to understand while intoxicated, we finally agreed to meet in Inhospitable on the 2nd day. Getting 9 people into a drain was surprisingly quick and easy We met the Manchester lot in there when they arrived, then headed to Processor after a mooch. Inhospitable Inhospitable is 700 yard long culvert which carries the Moss Brook beneath Collyhurst. It's infall is a 15ft brick arch Along the way it changes to a 10ft brick arch which continues towards the outfall. This consists of a 7ft brick pipe built 8ft up in a retaining wall. Halfway through the culvert there is an overflow chamber with a manual operated penstock, when the flow gets too strong the penstock drops blocking the culvert this causes the brook too divert along the works. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) The Works The Works is a 700 yard overflow which acts as overflow for Inhospitable. It consists of a 10ft red and black brick pipe. This flows through the overflow chamber by dropping down 2 sets of steps, the latter been quite steep. The bottom of said stairs are at least 70ft below the surface. Both the moss brook and the Works discharge too the Irk. (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) I loved this drain. It was a great start to an awesome week that followed. Thank you Ojay, paulpowers, Nickindroy, Snake Oil, The Raw, Maniac, extreme_ironing and everyone else who helped myself and UrbanCaving with the draining tour for international drainers. It's been wild, exhausting and an absolute blast. Maybe again next year Cheers for Looking
  4. History Following Joseph Bazalgette's achievements with London's sewer systems, Nottingham realised that they needed one themselves. One part of this was the Beck Valley Culvert. It carries water, and a few CSOs, for a few miles under the eastern part of the city. Built in 1883/84 by Footing and Barry Contractors, it is almost entirely brick. Explore While I was looking forward to spending some quality time with my xbox, I received a message from UrbanCaving, "Fancy trying Beck Valley tonight" "Ow, ow, your twisting my arm" Two hours later we were parked close to the outfall, putting our waders on. After a brief conversation with a runner, and a panic when my waders breached, just when I remembered that my mobile was still in my pocket. We were in. And boy was she gorgeous. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) Cheers for Looking
  5. UK Boredomiser, Derby - July '16

    I'm waiting on a new computer before I get lightroom. My laptop would die a death if I put lightroom onto it
  6. History This was part of the drainage system for Asfordby 'Super pit', which closed in the late 90's due to constant flooding. It comes away from screening tanks and a settling pool, that allowed the coal dust to be removed from the water before it enters Welby Brook. Explore This was a nice end to a day of exploring around east Leicestershire. Great to see Lost Explorer enjoy a drain, we're gradually turning him to the darkside. This was a bit stoopy, about 5ft RCP, and it had a steep gradient to it on it's way to the brook. It seemed to wind quite a lot, but I don't think this is reflected in the images. It was very warm and misty in there, we were sweating our bollocks (and tits) off when we got out. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) Cheers for Looking
  7. History This is on Tottle Brook, constructed around 1957, this culvert which picks up a few tributarys along the way eventually ending up at a Sump(which has loads of crap stranded in it) to take flow underneath a canal and eventually outfalling into the River Trent. Explore Myself and UrbanCaving have been spending a lot of time finding drains around the Midlands recently. This is one of our finds, took loads of work to get it. But after several attempts we finally got in. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) Cheers for Looking
  8. History The culvert was built 130 years ago over Markeaton Brook, a stretch of water which used to run freely through the city centre. It was spanned by St Peter's Bridge - a 400-year-old walkway between St Peter's Street and the Corn Market. Explore After a day in Nottingham, we decided to pop here before heading back to Leicester. Nice easy, chilled finish to the day. Afterwards we had a leisurely stroll through Derby on a Saturday night, in waders. Got chatting to a couple when getting changed at the car like this was normal practice, they're not normal in Derby. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) Cheers for Looking
  9. History Mapperley Tunnel is a 1,132-yard-long tunnel, built for the Derbyshire and Staffordshire Extension of the Great Northern Railway. This line ran from Colwick Junction in Nottingham to Egginton Junction in South Derbyshire. The route planned took the line through Mapperley via the Mapperley Tunnel built to avoid attempting to get the railway over the ridge. The tunnel was in use by 1875 but suffered a roof collapse due to mining subsidence on 23 January 1925. A length of roof about 12 yards long collapsed blocking the line with approximately 150 tons of rubble. Whilst repairs were undertaken traffic was diverted along the Nottingham Suburban Railway. The tunnel was repaired but the continuing effects of subsidence resulted in speed restrictions in the 1950s and closure on 4 April 1960. The Eastern Portal is still open and accessible and the tunnel itself is open to a point just West of the second air shaft (counting from the East). Beyond the second air shaft the tunnel has been filled with earth. Explore I came here back in November 2012 with The Wombat with crap torches and cameras, didn't even have tripods This time round, I was much better equipped for the task in hand. On one of our many recent trips to Nottingham, we agreed to all meet at MC Donalds at 10am and arrange the day from there. 09:50 - @Miss Mayhem rings, disturbing my nutritious breakfast, to say UrbanCaving still hadn't picked her up. 10:10 - I gave up on ringing UC. 10:40 - Phone goes 'PING!', UC saying his phone battery had died and he was on his way. By this point we had decided to crack on and start with Mapperley Tunnel. One thing I had forgotten about Mapperley was how fooking muddy it is. We got caked up, some more than others. After battling our way through the mud and foliage for what seemed forever, we were there. I found it quite nostalgic, considering four years ago I started this silly hobby with tunnels but haven't been down one for over a year(ish). Shame my old partner in grime was at work, next time The Wombat I had promised everyone that this was worth doing, worth getting covered in mud. I hope they agreed, especially as this was our first time exploring with elhomer12, hope we didn't scare you off It was good to be out with JuJu and Lost Explorer after too long, January i think. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) And I thought Punk Jnr's room was bad (9) (10) Cheers for Looking
  10. On our way back from a weekend visiting AuntieKnickers & The Stig, myself and UrbanCaving decided to follow a few leads along the way. After a run of fails, we had this one at the bottom of the list. We were glad to find a stone mummy section inside, at least that served as a slight consolation for our journey of fails. But at least I got to test out my new 10-20mm, loved it. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) Cheers for Looking
  11. History There's not much history on this place. It was originally Boulton and Paul, which later became a part of the Jeld-wen group. Later in it's life it was used for training, offices and storage. Explore We never intended to do this With Miss Mayhem returning, following a long period of ill health, it was only right we dragged her down a drain. We were looking at a few bits and bobs in pork pie land, which turned out to be dead ends, much like the town On our way back to UrbanCaving's drainmobile, following a futile journey along a brook that felt like a pilgrimage I spotted this and remembered that myself, The Wombat, AuntieKnickers and The Stig had looked at this a few months back, and felt it wasn't worth it. (Plus the fact that we had already pissed off Mrs Wombat, making her wait any longer would've put our lives at risk) Anyway, we looked at it, had a fag, then thought 'fuck it', might as well. Once in, it was relaxed. I did have a nervy moment when MM & UC left me on my own to do a page 3 (think they're fed up of seeing my bare ass), and I couldn't find them afterwards. Then while I had a fag near the access point, a car pulled up outside for a few minutes(This is on a quiet, empty street). MM & UC suddenly appeared at that point and our mystery driver departed. Interesting to do a derp in waders and great to have MM back on board. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) Cheers for looking
  12. Yes another recent explore from dumb and dumber After crawling through Trinity North, we wanted more. Pom mentioned to me previously that there was a brick drain in Leicester, I didn't believe him. So after me making a massive fail in MC Donalds, in which I ordered two of the same burgers which were foul, we headed here. To be fair, pom had mentioned this was long and stoopy, but after crawling through a 3ft pipe, I was up for anything. After an interesting access, we were in, along with the occasional 'Kadunk Kadunk' sound echoing through. Although the stoopy wasn't that low, the lack of chambers you can stand up in, and the shear length in between hits you back and legs. This is a nice little one, good variety RCP, fibre-glass, brick and anything else Leicester City council could get their hands on. I suspect this was originally a victorian sewer, later changed to storm drainage when Leicester's two trunk sewers were constructed. Exiting topped it all off with pom slipping and almost cutting me in two in the process. I had bruised ribs in the morning, which was difficult to explain to the boss when I struggled with lifting the next day. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) Cheers for Looking
  13. Trinity is a storm drainage system in the north of Leicester. Trinity South - This is a little more stoopy than Trinity South, 3ft diametre to be exact. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) Cheers for Looking
  14. Trinity comprises of 3 distinct storm drains of which the system stretches to around 3.5KM of theoretically explorable pipeage. All draining into the same area, but from different areas of Beaumont Leys all with seperate outfalls and overflow chambers and I shall start this series of reports with Trinity South. Trinity South drains the surface water from around Beaumont Leys shopping center. Draining out into a Rothley Brook and also encompassing an overflow chamber which spills out water into a park during times of heavy storm flow. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) Cheer for Looking
  15. On our trip to Nottingham, this was our 2nd target and it gave more than I was expecting. Another simple one, but near the out flow there was some interesting bits, which you'll see at the end of the report. Like Beef Curtains, this is on the River Lean, and is two parallel box sections. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) Cheers for Looking