Jump to content

KM Punk

  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by KM Punk

  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 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Recently, myself and Pom have found a lot of spare time on our hands. Over the last few months, I have been focussing my efforts on Nottingham, and we thought we'd start with the easier stuff, as they were first on the map. This is on the River Leen, which eventually flows into the Trent through two flap-like flood gates(hence the name). You can't walk right through to the gates as there is a sump. The water is 3ft deep in places, and it was here I discovered my waders weren't watertight. Nice little thing (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) Cheers for Looking
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. I've known about this one for a couple of years after a mate took me there. I have been down here about 5 or 6 times, with numerous explorers and my son. It's a simple 1.68m RCP for the majority, with the occasional refuse chamber. It has and interesting infall about half-way along. Originally the plan was me and Pom head up to Shottingham and follow some leads we had. In the morning I was at work and I suddenly remember this place and that I hadn't actually taken any serious pics in there. A quick text to Pom sorted that. Previously I had only headed upstream from the access, but this time I wanted to do both upstream and downstream. About 50ft downstream we chose to turn around due to the eggy smell from stirring up some sediment. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) Cheers for looking
  18. Explored with two non-members Over the last year also, myself and a few drainers in Leicester have been scanning all the towns and cities in the midlands for new drains. After a few failed nights in various cities, we headed down to Milton Keynes. What we found down there is far beyond anything Leicester has to offer. Not much to say about the place, simple storm drainage. But with some impressive inflows and a sump at the end. There is an issue with O2, I would strongly recommend taking a 4gas with you, should you jump down this one. The O2 levels went down to 19.8%, and that had dropped by 5% in 10 minutes with just two of us there. Now for the pics (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) Cheers for Looking
  19. Explored with The Stig History This culvert was constructed, using concrete, between 1907-1911. This was to guide the Ouseburn underneath the suburb of Heaton. It runs for a total length of 2150 ft, at a cost of £23,000. The southern portal opens beneath the Ouseburn Viaduct, some of which has been paved over and is used for horse riding. Explore Nice little morning explore and some light painting. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) Cheers for Looking
  20. Explored with The Stig History Junior Roman Catholic seminary chapel. 1857-9 by E.W. Pugin after competition. Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar plinth and dressings; roof of graduated Lakeland slates with stone gable copings. Gothic Revival style. Nave with south transept; Lady chapel on east of transept. High pointed arched windows, 2-light in nave, 4-light in transept and 5-light in east front, under dripmoulds in buttressed bays; diagonal buttresses to transept, set-back buttresses at east and west ends. Sill string, stepped to large windows and to 6-foil Lady chapel window. Gablets on buttresses and on kneelers of steeply-pitched corbelled roof. Stone cross finials. INTERIOR: has painted plaster with long wall-posts on angel corbels supporting arch-braced panelled roof with stencil decoration. 2-centred north entrance and organ arches. Much rich decoration, including painted moulded dado rail with naturalistic leaf stops; painted decoration of Lady chapel circa 1890 by Rev. Henry Gillow. Caen stone high altar with marble shafts and alabaster tabernacle arch; high-relief carved roundels in altar and scenes from life of St. Aloysius in reredos. Canopied statue of Our Lady, the Mother of Jesus, by Hoffman on north side of altar. West bay of north wall contains altar of St. Innocent, 1882 by Charles Hadfield with marble front and shafts, and Caen stone crocketed canopies over silver-plated reliquary doors, studded with crystal and purple stones. Lady chapel has richly-carved altar with frontal painted by A.M. Rossi. A second statue by Hoffman now removed to main college at entrance to chapel of St. Bede. Organ painted in Gothic style by Bevington. C19 stained glass includes some by Hardman. Explore We came here during a fun filled visit to the North East. Despite how trashed the building is, it's still an enjoyable walk around. Unfortunately the chapel had a massive steel shutter over the entrance, so that plan quickly diminished. Still was a nice, relaxed visit. Had a brief look at the farm and chose not to bother. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) Cheers for Looking
  21. Explored with @The Stigand a non member CARE Shangton was a ‘Care Village’ for people with Learning Disabilities and Moderate Mental Health Conditions. It was established in 1966, but officially opened in 1973. The concept of the community based care provided, was a big step towards today’s supported living. It focused on promoting the independence of the service users by providing occupations that suited the individual, this was mainly in Catering and Horticulture. The company, CARE, also owned a tea room and a had a stall at the market in neighbouring Market Harborough. The service users planted and and potted plants and made bouquets of flowers, which were sold on the market stall and all proceeds went to the resident’s fund for day trips and holidays. They also baked cakes, scones, etc and sold them at both the tea room and the market stall. The village was very successful, holding a very good reputation locally. It provided a service to 53 people, at times there was a waiting list to have a home here. One feature of the village that was visibly different from other care facilities, was that it was made up of several houses specially designed for 2-4 people and a more traditional 14 beded unit filled with corridors. With the success of the village and the aging of the houses, it was announced in 2007 that CARE Shangton was to close. However, after an outcry the village was temporarily saved. In 2013, it was announced that CARE had merged with Self Unlimited. Soon after they revealed plans to relocate to the local town, Market Harborough, to ‘help the service users integrate into the local community’. The process of moving people started in late 2013 and was completed in October 2015. The new facility can provide for up to 80 people and can provide for a wider range of abilities. The site has been sold and there has been a planning permission application for new housing. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) (22) (23) (24) Cheers for Looking
  22. Explored with Stranton, The Wombat and a non-member History The Northampton to Market Harborough line opened in 1859 and had tunnels at Great Oxendon and nearby Kelmarsh. The original tunnel was single-track (422M), and when the line was doubled a second single-track tunnel was built. The second tunnel had an airshaft, and is now a cycle path all the way to Northampton. The line closed in 1981. Explore (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) Cheers for Looking
  23. Cheers, unfortunately I lost a pair of trainers to this tunnel
  24. Explored with Lost Explorer and a non member History Nene Park is a sports stadium situated by Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire, England, along the bank of the River Nene, and holds 6,441, with 4,641 seated and 1,800 standing. It once hosted football matches but is currently unused. From 1992 until 2011 it was the home ground of Rushden & Diamonds until their demise, having from 1969 been the home of predecessor Irthlingborough Diamonds. It became Kettering Town's home for 18 months. However, the ground has been vacant since November 2012, with little immediate chance of further football use in the foreseeable future. Nene Park’s record attendance of 6,431 was set when Rushden & Diamonds met Leeds United in the FA Cup Third Round on 2nd January 1999. Irlingborough Diamonds FC (1969 - 1992) The original ground was built in 1969 as the home of Irthlingborough Diamonds, after the land was bought from the water board. In 1978, Nene Park became the first United Counties League stadium to have floodlights. Rushden & Diamonds FC (1992 - 2011) Beginning in February 1992 soon after the merger between Rushden Town and Irthlingborough Diamonds, the ground was radically redeveloped at an estimated cost of £30 million over the following ten years. Away from the stadium itself, during the 1997/1998 campaign improvements were made to the training ground. New dressing rooms were constructed beside pitch two, with two entirely new training pitches (three and four) added to the Nene Park portfolio. Some years later shortly before the 2000–01 season, the Dr. Martens Sports and Exhibition Centre with gymnasium, recreational facilities and offices was opened. An all-weather pitch was developed later on in the season to complete the work. Kettering Town FC and Closure (2011 - Present) Following eviction from the Rockingham Road Ground, Kettering moved to Nene Park in June 2011, until financial troubles and high running costs of the stadium saw them move again in November 2012. Kettering would be the last club to called Nene Park home and it has stood empty since. Nene Park was to be used as a training camp for athletes ahead of the 2012 London Olympics. The sports to be hosted were archery, fencing, football, judo, table tennis and wrestling. On 11 December 2012 it was reported that Coventry City were considering moving to Nene Park due to a rent dispute with their current landlords at the Ricoh Arena. That move did not occur with Coventry entering a ground-sharing agreement with Northampton Town, playing their "home" matches at Northampton's Sixfields stadium in the 2013-14 season. In September 2014, developers Rose Property Consultants announced plans to demolish Nene Park in order to make way for a leisure park, consisting of a multi-use football facility along with entertainment and retail zones. This was refused planning permission in March 2015. The Stands The South Stand The South Stand includes the Diamond Centre and hospitality suites. Away fans, if travelling in small numbers, were situated in a block of this stand. There Capacity was 1,224 seats. The North Stand The North Stand was home to the press box and more hospitality suites. It held 976 people (all seated). After Kettering Town's demotion to the Southern League in 2012 it was decided to close the stand permanently due to lack of demand for the stand's capacity. The Airwair Stand The Airwair Stand was the biggest stand in the stadium. Holding 2,372 fans, it is situated behind one of the goals. During Rushden and Diamonds' tenancy it was split between away fans and home fans. After their relegation back to the Conference National it was closed to cut costs, only being used when a large number of away fans travel. This stayed the same for the first season of Kettering Town's tenancy, however since their demotion to the Southern League it was permanently closed. The Dale Roberts Stand (Formerly the Peter De Banke Terrace) Originally named after Peter de Banke, it was later named after the late former Rushden & Diamonds goalkeeper and fan favourite Dale Roberts, who died aged 24 in December 2010. It was opened in late-1994. Holding 1,800 fans, it is an all-standing covered terrace. Within two years of Max Griggs taking control of the club, the terrace was constructed, replacing temporary dressing rooms and offices. Kettering Town sometimes took the decision to close the Dale Roberts Terrace if a match's attendance was anticipated to be well below the capacity of the South Stand, preferring to put all fans in the South Stand, to cut costs and create a better atmosphere. The Explore Since starting exploring, I've always wanted to bag a football stadium. Along with myself and Lost Explorer, we had Lost Explorer's mate who was a season ticket holder for Rushden & Diamonds. As a fellow football fan, I shared his excitement for our location. Unfortunately, the Director's boxes, bars, etc were completely boarded up. But walking around the empty stands held a charm about it. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) Some Externals (10) (11) (12) Cheers for Looking
  25. Beautiful looking mine cracking set of snaps, cheers for sharing