So it was the end of the “Something Crunchy” tour. We had bidden farewell to Site who had tagged in the international superstar known as Siologen Jeeves Westminster. With our team assembled we headed down to the Medway and began our mission to cross the murky depths, vessel sighted!
The River Tyburn, another lost river of London. The Tyburn originally arose from two smaller tributaries in the hills of Hampstead, flowing down through Marylebone, Mayfair and Picadilly. From here things get slightly regal as it flows underneath Buckingham Palace and onwards towards its confluence with the Thames. Now known as the King’s Scholars’ Pond Sewer, it is completely buried and incorporated into the london sewer network. As another monster river of old, exploration of the Tyburn has taken several trips over the recent years, with us finally seeing the entire explorable length at the start of 2009.
R.O.C, Royal Observer Corps. A large group of people who were employed during the cold war to act as an early detection system in the event of a nuclear strike. I have only ever done two of these and to be honest thats all ill ever need to do, some people get bent out of shape with ROC posts, as if they were the greatest underground relic known to man. Well there not in fact if your break it down its a very small concrete box buried just a few ft below the surface.
Soho baths is easily the most recognisable and famous of Londons victorian swimming baths, winning a selection to be fully restored and reopened. We were lucky to go when we did as it was just before work had started and luckily they had forgot to turn on the alarms. Whoops.
The first drain we ever explored. We visited the Wandle drains in two parts. The first being the easier walk in relief in the southern districts and the second being the harder entry heavy as hell manhole in the west.
Not really an explore more of a “meet and eat chilli” event. R.A.F Stenigot is a collection of large old school radar dishes which were used during WW2.