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  1. Visited with Space Invader, Wevsky & Swamp Donkey A bit of History borrowed from "Sub Brit" This is the Eastern end of a large tunnel complex in Snargate Street, which began as separate tunnels but were linked during WW2 for use as air raid shelters. The main part of this section is the 900ft long Cowgate Tunnel which connected Snargate Street with Durham Hill. Unfortunately, this tunnel was penetrated by a shell during WW2 which resulted in the death of 63-year old Mrs. Patience Ransley, who was sheltering inside at the time. The tunnel is blocked at the point of the shell penetration, which occured within the grounds of Cowgate Cemetery on the surface. It is however possible to go much further than the blockage shown on the plan below, but conditions are poor due to roof falls and rotten timber props. Due to revelopment of the Durham Hill area, the entrance at that end seems to have vanished. The passage going West from the main entrance tunnel passes a vent shaft and kiln, and was originally known as 'Soldiers' Home Caves', due to them being behind the old Soliders' Home. The passage continues to a metal gate which blocks access to the next set of tunnels, which are known as 'Croucher's Tunnels'. On with some pics Getting over the collapsed section was a bit of an experience to say the least and obviously couldnt go any further once we got to the part of the tunnel damaged by the bomb in WWII, still worth a look though, wish I had taken some pics of the lime kiln but theres always next time !
  2. History stolen from Subterranean History. This is the Eastern end of a large tunnel complex in ******* Street, which began as separate tunnels but were linked during WW2 for use as air raid shelters. The main part of this section is the 900ft long Cowgate Tunnel which connected ******* Street with Durham Hill. Unfortunately, this tunnel was penetrated by a shell during WW2 which resulted in the death of 63-year old Mrs. Patience Ransley, who was sheltering inside at the time. The tunnel is blocked at the point of the shell penetration, which occured within the grounds of Cowgate Cemetery on the surface. Conditions are poor due to roof falls and rotten timber props. Due to revelopment of the Durham Hill area, the entrance at that end seems to have vanished. The passage going West from the main entrance tunnel passes a vent shaft and kiln, and was originally known as 'Soldiers' Home Caves', due to them being behind the old Soliders' Home. The passage continues to a metal gate which blocks access to the next set of tunnels, which are known as 'Croucher's Tunnels'. shell damaged section the kiln a shoe a chair locked gate to other section
  3. Visited with uncle Bulgaria,Obsurity,Frosty,fatjames and craig Right History..I could have cobbled together from several sources some info and re-written it in my own words but to be honest the write up I’ve found is very accurate from what i can tell so I will bow down to the far more superior knowledge and just quote .. Right on with the pics!! The lime kiln i believe.. stairs leading up to it where i swear a rat ran past me Going up the cowgate section towards where the Bomb breached the tunnel ! Nice concrete lined section! The blockage leading up to the durham hill section! A shoe Looking back from way we came And thats us out again..thanks for looking i would include a few more pics but one concrete lined section looks like another!!thx to the guys was a fun outing
  4. These are at the Eastern end of The Snargate Street Tunnels, the Tunnel leads to the west (Croucher's Tunnels) passing a vent shaft and kiln, and to the east (Cowgate Tunnel) The Cowgate section was hit & almost destroyed by a shell in WW2 killing a Mrs Patience Ransley, it is called Soldiers' Home Caves because its located behind the old Soliders' Home...... 1 2 looking up towards the kiln 3 looking back down 4 main section 5 Fat Wreck having a wee rest 6 looking back down the main section 7 Cowgate section 8 a bit further in 8 and some Orbs that have been floating about since the War 9 10 11 two Orbs!!! they must have been happy to have some company after all those years alone in the dark thanks for looking
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