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Title: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: Howard on February 23, 2012, 04:12:08 PM
On the blog of a local web design firm (http://www.stockport-web-design.com/ (http://www.stockport-web-design.com/)) I came across a couple of interesting blog entries recently on the tunnels beneath Marple.

Here's the first about the tunnels under Dan Bank:
http://www.stockport-web-design.com/tunnels-on-dan-bank-directions-story/ (http://www.stockport-web-design.com/tunnels-on-dan-bank-directions-story/)

And here's the second about the tunnels under the Roman Lakes from the Urban Exploration forums:
http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=40452 (http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=40452)

I have some fond memories of myself and a couple of friend scaring ourselves silly when exploring the Roman Lakes tunnels armed only with a dim bike lamp and some candles. Anyone have any more stories or pictures about these tunnels, particularly the Dan Bank tunnels which I knew nothing about.
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: heather on February 23, 2012, 07:22:35 PM
i heard about the one from the lakes to dan bank years ago but no-one else had heard about it so i thought the gent who told me about it was mistaken its good to know it exists i think i once asked on here about it but no-one knew thanks for posting about it
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: heather on February 23, 2012, 07:24:25 PM
just found it  jan 8th  2008
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: Miss Marple on February 23, 2012, 10:11:48 PM
At school we were told that from the lodge cottage on the tow path off Station Road, that  there are tunnels there that lead up to All Saints Church and were used by Oldknows child  workers to keep them out of sight from the community as the community found the orphan  children offensive
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: Miss Marple on February 25, 2012, 03:09:00 PM
http://www.stockporttrust.blogspot.com/2009_07_01_archive.html

This is the picture of the Home Guard post which was destroyed !  Is this where the tunnels started ? Or are the tunnels further down ? Does anyone know ?  This is in the spot that is referred to in Howard's post .
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: amazon on February 25, 2012, 04:02:05 PM
http://www.stockporttrust.blogspot.com/2009_07_01_archive.html

This is the picture of the Home Guard post which was destroyed !  Is this where the tunnels started ? Or are the tunnels further down ? Does anyone know ?  This is in the spot that is referred to in Howard's post .

Could not Judith wilshaw help you with this .admin do you have any info for Judith email etc .
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: marveld on February 25, 2012, 06:06:45 PM
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This is the picture of the Home Guard post which was destroyed !  Is this where the tunnels started ? Or are the tunnels further down ? Does anyone know ?  This is in the spot that is referred to in Howard's post .

No tunnels from here. Just an old air raid shelter, nothing more.
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: Heritage on February 25, 2012, 07:12:23 PM
We spent an enjoyable hour bushwhacking through the Dan Bank undergrowth down in the valley this afternoon....but saw no signs of any tunnel entrances! 

Has anyone got a clearer idea of where to look...if they're still there at all?  ???
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: Miss Marple on March 01, 2012, 11:13:40 PM
I have emailed the Stockport Heritage magazine to see if they have information about them or if they know anyone who will investigate the tunnels as it is fascinating stuff !
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: RAY NOBLE on March 02, 2012, 10:00:39 AM
http://www.stockport-web-design.com/tunnels-on-dan-bank-directions-story/

I think this was written on April 1st
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: Howard on March 02, 2012, 05:47:29 PM
http://www.stockport-web-design.com/tunnels-on-dan-bank-directions-story/

I think this was written on April 1st

It was written on February 1st 2011.
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: Water Rat on March 02, 2012, 10:06:06 PM
Have to say it sounds a fascinating story - and am very tempted to dust off the caving lamps.  I would like more information about tunnel size and construction though before wandering for a mile or so underground.  If a man-made adit would be interesting enough to get off the water for. I did notice the original poster from MHS did not leave any further details nor have his tunnel rat colleagues from the 80's (or their mums) added to the post.
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: Water Rat on March 02, 2012, 10:09:30 PM
Adding to this when young we explored the tunnel that enters the Etherow just below Compstall Bridge - It originally came from the Bleach Works - sandy, scary and much better with a big, big torch rather than cycle lamps!
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: David Myers on March 11, 2012, 04:23:24 PM
Well I've just wasted an hour of my life, I've walked the banking from rear of the houses on Stockport Road to Hilltop Drive and including the site of the old shelter but to no avail!!
There are no signs of a tunnel entrance and from memory I hung out in the shelter (on many occasions) in my youth and there were no doors leading out of it other than the entrance / exit!, trust me, if there were I would have been through them. 
Any further information would be greatly received and appreciated as I have a few other tunnels in the area that are on my to do list, which exclude the 'well known' ones. :-*
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: Heritage on March 11, 2012, 04:32:57 PM
Information needed....have had a 2nd expedition down on Dan Bank and absolutely no tunnels at all.....was the 'tunnel story' a work of fiction?!?
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: David Myers on March 11, 2012, 04:36:57 PM
Information needed....have had a 2nd expedition down on Dan Bank and absolutely no tunnels at all.....was the 'tunnel story' a work of fiction?!?
I agree heritage, really disappointed as I was very excited!
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: nbt on March 11, 2012, 07:22:20 PM
Onf of my former colleagues mentioned these tunnels to me, she grew up on Stockpoirt road (still lives there) and mentioned exploring them in her youth (she's not that old either - we're talking 1980s there not 1930S!)

I think the compound for the dan banks work may have closed the entrance. Wonder if it would be easy to re-open now the compound's been removed?
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: David Myers on March 11, 2012, 07:51:48 PM
Onf of my former colleagues mentioned these tunnels to me, she grew up on Stockpoirt road (still lives there) and mentioned exploring them in her youth (she's not that old either - we're talking 1980s there not 1930S!)

I think the compound for the dan banks work may have closed the entrance. Wonder if it would be easy to re-open now the compound's been removed?
Sounds promising, though confirmation that they started in the shelter would help!
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: marveld on March 11, 2012, 09:29:26 PM
David Myers: In one post you state that you've been in the old shelter and know there are no tunnels. In another post, you are getting excited that there might be if the shelter is somehow re-opened. Please explain.

I would like to warn any "tunnel rats" of the potential dangers of exploring tunnels or attempting to re-open something. My advice would be to leave these sort of adventures to the experts.


Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: Heritage on March 11, 2012, 09:55:37 PM
In having a pair of legs and not being over 95 years of age, having spent my childhood roaming the hills and dales with my mates, getting into scrapes and enjoying every minute of it....I consider myself an expert!! Life is for living....  ;D
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: David Myers on March 12, 2012, 06:43:38 PM
In having a pair of legs and not being over 95 years of age, having spent my childhood roaming the hills and dales with my mates, getting into scrapes and enjoying every minute of it....I consider myself an expert!! Life is for living....  ;D
Could not agree more, I am a responsible adult and am well aware of potential dangers!!! I am not about to start digging on council land, now am I???? ::)
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: certa cito on March 12, 2012, 06:58:26 PM
forget the entrance mentioned on marple rd, what about the other end/ends where are they?
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: certa cito on March 12, 2012, 07:01:38 PM
Also as kids we used to spend hours in the lyme kilns before they bricked the entrance up.
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: Mrs O on March 12, 2012, 09:10:15 PM
MIA members in full pot holing attire lead by Miss Marple have been seen exiting a tunnel on the Great Orme.One can only assume they were on a team building exercise?and more to the point, did they enter the tunnel on Dan Bank?
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: Miss Marple on March 12, 2012, 11:04:37 PM
How strange is that Mrs O  twelve
MIA members have just returned from the great orm !  Now I hope your not an ASDA agent ?
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: Mrs O on March 13, 2012, 12:18:44 AM
Please refer to my post in Tech' Questions and Support
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: heather on March 13, 2012, 06:08:35 PM
my sons only now told me that as a teenager he went in tunnels somewhere off the river in brabyns park he wouldnt have told be before as i would have wanted to go with him (it wouldnt have done much for his street cred if his mum had been with him lol)
Title: Re: Marple Tunnel Rats
Post by: marveld on March 14, 2012, 09:36:40 PM
Stockport Tunnel Rats here:

http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=60342 (http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=60342)

Far too risky for me!