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Howard

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Marple Tunnel Rats
« on: February 23, 2012, 04:12:08 PM »
On the blog of a local web design firm (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/

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

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.


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« Reply #1 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
and i said to the man who stood at the gate of the year    give me a light so i may tread safely into the unknown

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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2012, 07:24:25 PM »
just found it  jan 8th  2008
and i said to the man who stood at the gate of the year    give me a light so i may tread safely into the unknown

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« Reply #3 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
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« Reply #4 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 .
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« Reply #5 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 .

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« Reply #6 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.

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« Reply #7 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?  ???

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« Reply #8 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 !
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2012, 10:00:39 AM »

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« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2012, 05:47:29 PM »
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« Reply #11 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.

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« Reply #12 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!

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« Reply #13 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. :-*

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« Reply #14 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?!?