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Bethel Quarry, Wiltshire

Bethel Quarry started it’s life in the hands of the Bath and Portland Stone Company but when quarrying finished it was put to a new use by the Agaric Mushroom company as a mushroom farm. With it’s constant temperature and dark conditions it is the perfect location for mushroom growth. …

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Ystrad Einon Copper Mine, Wales

Ystrad Einion Copper Mine

The mine itself could possibly date back as far as the mid  1700’s but first real records show it was re-established 1871 but production was extremely poor and despite several efforts to make it profitable it closed at the turn of the 20th century.  It produced mainly copper but also …

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Farleigh Down Tunnel, Batheaston – Wiltshire

Monkton Farleigh ammunition depot utilised an old stone quarry below a plateau some 450 feet above the valley floor in which ran the main line railway that was its principal source of supply. Before the depot could be commissioned, an efficient means was need to bring in ammunition from the …

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Dreadnaught Storm Drain, Bristol

Built in 1974 the ‘dreadnaught’ storm drain runs from Bishopsworth through to an outfall on the diverted stream of the river Avon in Bedminster. The drain runs almost parallel with the Souther foul water interceptor.

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Bridge Valley Road Deep Shelter, Bristol

Visited in August 2008 this shelter and former railway tunnel has become one of the hottest topics in Bristol due to the closure of the road that runs over it. At present the road remains close due to a fault running through the rock face and further complications caused by …

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Rednaught Storm Drain, Bristol

The Malago Innterceptor storm drain pre dates dreadnaught by over 100 years.  It’s given the rednaught nickname due to its red brick construction.  A shorter storm drain but principly built with the same principle of ensuring excess rain flows out into the river Avon.

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Dreadnaught Storm Drain, Bristol

Built in 1974 the ‘dreadnaught’ storm drain runs from Bishopsworth through to an outfall on the diverted stream of the river Avon in Bedminster.  The drain runs almost paralell with the Souther foul water interceptor.

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Adam & Eve, Ham Green, Bristol

Along the River Avon is a stretch of wall known as ‘Hung Road’ – it was this part of the river leading into central Bristol that ships were literally hung by there masts at low tide to prevent themselves keeling over. In the wall there are still visible signs of …

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Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle

The Victoria Tunnel is an early Victorian Grade II listed structure built to transport coal to the River Tyne from a colliery at Spital Tongues, north west of Newcastle upon Tyne’s town centre. As well as being used as a coal waggonway, it was also used as an air-raid shelter …

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Clifton Rocks Railway, Bristol

Have visited this absolutely wonderful site several times in the last few years. So much history crammed into a little known ‘white elephant’ of a site that sits alongside Bristols greatest engineering feat. Last years visit here

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Clifton Rocks Railway, Bristol

Visited initally on the open day in May to see the top station and all the artifacts found and then again today to see the real show – down the tunnels. A bit of history about this little historic and often unknown gem dwarfed by its illustrious neighbour – the …

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Goldney Grotto, Bristol

The Goldney families influence in Bristol can be trace back as far as 1637 when Thomas Goldney I was sent, by his father, to Bristol from Chippenham in Wiltshire to serve as an apprentice for seven years. Goldney Hall was built for his son Thomas Goldney II who was born …

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