This is another one of those that Ive been meaning to do for a while and despite having been in the Drop Postern a couple of times I never took any pics, well until now , Theres a massive amount of history about the general area and fortifications that surround it here
http://www.subterraneanhistory.co.uk/20 ... dover.html
Visited with Porky Porkster, The Chop Explorer
A few Pics ;
Looking down the staircase
At the Bottom
Bit of a squeeze this
Looking back up
These Extremely well preserved doors at the bottom
A few exterior shots
Porkster doing er, I dont know really
And some random car bits rotting away in the elements
All in all a very relaxed mooch, Thanks to Pork Chop for showing me where Hospital Postern was
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Me and NK took a mooch round this crackin' old place on a Bobbys fueled whistle stop tour of 'Steel Town'.
Brilliant splore! Highly recommend this one, if youve not been then get crackin'!!
On with some pix...
THANKS FOR LOOKIN'...
Having passed Park Hill Flats countless times over the past 18 year or so I've always fancied getting up on the roof so after managing to miss out on a trip here earlier in the year there was no way I was passing this opportunity up, especially with the knowledge of the access tunnels underneath.
Visited with a few members from another forum
In the nineteenth century the Park Hill area was made up of old quarries, untidy waste ground, steep alleyways and some of the worst slums in Sheffield. This densely populated area consisted of 2 or 3 storey back-to-back housing around central courtyards. Often there would be just one standpipe for around a hundred people. This, combined with the lack of any proper sewage system, allowed diseases such as typhus, dysentry and cholera to ravage the area. In 1864 back to back housing of this type was prohibited.
During the 1870's Sheffield Corporation built drains and sewers through the city. Although originally the untreated raw sewage was sent directly into the rivers, at least the sanitation within the housing areas like Park Hill was improved. During the 1880's the provision of water supplies passed from a private company to the corporation and the first sewage treatment plant was built.
Slum clearance began in the 1930’s but was halted by the 2nd World War. By the time the issue was reassessed in 1953, a radical solution was needed. This took the shape of Park Hill Flats, built between 1957 and 1960. The unique design was based on an idea by French architect Le Corbusier of creating ‘Streets in the Sky’. The 995 flats were built on top of a 1:10 gradient making them range from 4 storeys high at the top end to 13 storeys at the end nearest the city centre.
This layout allowed nearly all of the decks to reach ground at some point, meaning milk floats and other services could access them. The community feel of the previous traditional streets was recreated where possible by rehousing neighbours next to each other.
Park Hill Flats attracted worldwide attention and were praised for their innovative design. In December 1998 Park Hill Flats became Grade 2* listed giving it equal status to the Turret House at Sheffield Manor Lodge and making it the largest listed building in Europe.
History lifted straight from Sheff Council Website
Well after a comical start of 6 blokes attempting to squeeze through a gap that clearly wasn't made for anyone to get through and dodging secca we somehow arrived in the service tunnels, well the others finally did when they chose the right route (Adam)
Once we were all in we made our way out of the dimly lit entrance almost crawling through what felt like a good 1/4 mile of tunnel until we could finally stand, this completely threw my sense of where feck we were on the site as there were too many corners to take note of.
As we moved through going up and down ladders to different levels in the tunnels it was obvious some of the waste pipes had leaked in the past so we made our best attempts not to stand in the puddles.
Around a corner and at the end of the tunnel there was light once again.
The pipework in this section looked a lot more modern.
Although some of the electrics didn't...
Quickly pose for a group shot and we're back on our way
A quick attempt was made to enter the service tunnels in the renovated section but ended in fail so we headed up on to the roof
The vertical service shafts are seriously confined, but at least if you slip you'll not be far from the ladder and more likely to get wedged than fall to the bottom.
Finally on the roof, what I'd been waiting for!
Luckily the views from the roof we got to were better than those from the renovated section
Finally finishing with another group shot with what looks like almost all of us in it.
Really enjoyed this, a nice change. Cheers all who came along
After a quick text to Wevsky one bright sunny Saturday morning Dover bound we went, Was a really laid back easy going visit the place is so quiet its eery !
History, a bit scarce to say the least but heres what little I could find;
During a new fear of invasion from Napoleon III two new dry moats where added to the existing citadel defences. The northern and the southern moat both had their own casemates built. Between these there was also a defensive caponier built, but sadly this was filled in during the 1960's by the Dover Corporation and they gradually destroyed many parts of the Western Heights.
The northern casemates are a lot larger than the southern casemates, with six separate rooms whereas the southern casemates had eight.
So here goes with a few of my Pics taken on the Day, Difficult choosing them as this place is expansive to say the least and I took a fair few
Sorry about the sheer amount of pics, I took hundreds and this is just a few of them
Brief bit of history copied from the net...
South Flank Casemates, Dover: During a new fear of invasion from Napoleon III two new dry moats where added to the existing citadel defences. The northern and the southern moat both had their own casemates built. Between these there was also a defensive caponier built, but sadly this was filled in during the 1960's by the Dover Corporation and they gradually destroyed many parts of the Western Heights.
The southern casemates are a lot larger than the northern casemates, with eight separate rooms whereas the northern casemates only had six.
The explore was a spur of the moment thing as i couldnt stand another day staring at the pc..SilverRainbow txt me to say he was free so we headed over to this spot.I first came here about a year and a half ago and only managed the south casemates as the north can only be reached via a crawl through some small chalk tunnels and a squeeze through the Pipe..going in was fine but knowing how tight it was made me a little edgy when wedged in the pipe..Eh have covered the access with anti climb paint as well as trying to seal it all up...
On with some pics which i have tried not to go mad with ..
South to start with..im sure you can tell which is the North ias theres no spray pain and crap
Smashing day shame about that awful sunshine stuff