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  1. History The land on which the arches now stand, including the River Aire that runs beneath part of the city, was originally occupied by peasant farmers. People had farmed this area as early as the 1086, when the region was known as Loidis in the Celtic Kingdom of Elmet. During these early years, a medieval dam was constructed in the river, to divert water to the manorial corn mill at Swinegate, on the orders of the Lord of the Manor, Ilbert de Lacy whose fortified manor stood on the site that is now occupied by the Scarborough Hotel. The original dam is still visible to this day. Construction of the Victorian Dark Arches began much later in 1866, when most of the small railway groups were merging into larger companies. By this time, Leeds prospered as a result of the woollen industry and the wider industrial revolution occurring across England at the time. In response to this a new station in Leeds city centre was required, so more passengers and goods would be able to move through the city. After the completion of the arches, which used over 18 million bricks, the station was built above, on the surface level. However, despite the completion of something that was indeed awe-inspiring, especially since nothing on this scale had ever been accomplished in this area before, the Chief constable of Leeds at the time, writing in 1892, filed a report requesting an urgent expansion of the police force because the Dark Arches attracted many sorts of idlers, criminals and loose women. Since the arches were constructed with walkways and passages, and a number of small businesses and workshops, not just the waterway, people were able to walk freely beneath the city of Leeds. It was well-known though that people should avoid these areas if they did not want to be beaten or robbed. By the 1990s, the entire development had been cleared of most of its former problems and it was considered and advertised as being Leeds’ ‘best kept secret’. The Granary Wharf shopping centre is located within and around the arches and several other small businesses and restaurants were located there, although a number of these have closed and been redeveloped into car parking spaces. While the Granary Wharf area was in financial decline for a number of years throughout the early 2000s, since 2009 the Wharf has been improved considerably. Our Version of Events It has been a wee while since all of us went off on an exploring trip together, so we decided to pile into a couple of cars and see where the road took us. The first point of call thereafter was Leeds, to visit the Dark Arches we’ve heard so much about. Unfortunately for us, it had been raining a lot in the days leading up to our visit, so when we first arrived to access the underground passages the water depth had surged quite considerably and the flow of the water was pretty dangerous to say the least. We did, however, manage to find a way inside the ‘non-public’ part of the Dark Arches and they were very different to how we first imagined they would be. They were, as we’d been told, ‘awe-inspiring’ and had to some extent a pleasant piratey underworld feel to them, but they were much shorter than we’d anticipated. On a more personal level, I was a little disappointed that we weren’t able to get the waders on to have a deeper gander inside the arches, but, in hindsight, if we had done that I think we would have been swept away by the torrent of water. Although we had considered getting the dinghy out, to raft our way down the river, we decided against it since we didn’t fancy getting caught paddling the open river in broad daylight on our first explore of the trip. Perhaps when winter comes though, a little revisit might be on the cards. Explored with Ford Mayhem, Meek-Kune-Do, Rizla Rider and Husky. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9: 10: 11: 12:
  2. Went back for another look and heres what i got!!
  3. Explored with Raz & a non - member Bit of history to start; In 1864 it was proposed to build "New Station" in Leeds. Construction began in 1866 and the station was completed in 1869. The new station was built on arches which span the River Aire, Neville Street and Swinegate. The building of the station led to the creation of the 'Dark Arches' over Neville Street. Over 18 million bricks were used during their construction, breaking records at the time. Although the arches appear to be part of one single structure, closer inspection reveals that it is a series of independent viaducts two or four tracks wide. The Explore; After generally treking around Leeds looking for more rooftops we decided to have a walk down the Dark Arches and see what we could find, not expecting to be very successful how ever we were in luck! we found an access point, a quick look around and a short climb later we were in a drain Pretty cool explore really and i hope to return soon with waders so we can explore more. i doubt we even scratched the surface! Few more photos If you got this far, thanks for reading
  4. NKPS WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU ALL ABOARD THE 1100 MILE BELGIUM TOUR..IN DARKNESS... With 62 hours on Belgium turf and 15 locations to do the was not time for much sleep..everything on our list had to be done so some of our adventures were undergone in the dark.. To kick off we hit the horror labs..i really thought that PS was well sound with the driving considering he crashed the mushy pea twice last time:o but how wrong was I....I looked up and hes gripping the stearing wheel transfixed on the road ahead..or should I say the tram line:eek: ..I cover my eyes as he straddles the tracks that all have at least 3 ft pot holes inside them....I would of liked to of said I had confidence in his driving abilities but after this stunt I have my doubts...anyways we turned a corner and the labs loomed before us.... HERE PIGGY PIGGY PIGGY..... THE CRYPT VILLA HECTOR.... Monsieur HECTOR HIMSELF... Offfffffffffff we zoom ........ To the very lovely "Hotel Tapioca" nitey nite all... That's it for now peeps hope you enjoyed some of our adventure..ive used both our pics in the mix...
  5. Dark school

    Hi everybody, this is my first post, and my first share. Feel free to give me some advise to improve my videos! In this video you'll see a female school abandoned few years ago. It's a very dark place, and my brother and I had a bad experience in there. The video is in spanish, any question will be answered!
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