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Offline NEexplorer

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hi all,
im a local explorer and photographer, and have captured many sights including, st marys ayslum, durham baths, ouseburn culvert, war bunkers etc etc.

Im very interested in the history of these places and i think its about time to move onto my home town, chester-le-street. but my question is, does anyone know of any tunnels beneath chester-le-street and surrounding areas for my to photograph?

i know of tunnels heading to and from lumley castle,finchale abbey and ive also heard rumours of one going from the old co-op buildings at the bottom of front street to the castle. can anyone confirm these? Before i access any, i will attempt to get permission from authorities.

thanks in advance

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Re: tunnels beneath chester le street and surrounding areas
« Reply #1 on: Feb 01, 2014, 08:37 »
Hello NEExplorer, did you ever find your tunnels or find out anything about them?

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Re: tunnels beneath chester le street and surrounding areas
« Reply #2 on: Feb 01, 2014, 09:40 »
hi all,
im a local explorer and photographer, and have captured many sights including, st marys ayslum, durham baths, ouseburn culvert, war bunkers etc etc.

Im very interested in the history of these places and i think its about time to move onto my home town, chester-le-street. but my question is, does anyone know of any tunnels beneath chester-le-street and surrounding areas for my to photograph?

i know of tunnels heading to and from lumley castle,finchale abbey and ive also heard rumours of one going from the old co-op buildings at the bottom of front street to the castle. can anyone confirm these? Before i access any, i will attempt to get permission from authorities.

thanks in advance

Hi,

I used to live next to the Co-Op as a kid, and I think if there 'were' tunnels leading to Lumley Castle from the Co-Op we'd have been hunting for the Grey Lady.  We use to go through the large overflow pipe that ran from under the viaduct down to the park, but that can't be what you're after.

And... 
Dainty Dinah's toffee factory and the tyre factory used to be behind the Co-Op, there was a chimney there that got blown up/down years ago, that was the most excitement that has ever happened in Chester.  However, there used to be shafts just behind this area next to the railway line, I haven't a clue what they were for, I never went down them, but I remember 1 really large shaft next to the top of Tuart Street, the type of shaft I am talking about, had a large metal lid at ground level, and then a metal ladder going vertically down.  I wouldn't have thought they were tunnels, I'm not sure what they were for, I would have thought they were linked to the railway.

The bottom of Chester, next to the Co-Op used to get flooded regularly, which I presume was due to the drainage system at the time, the place was usually swimming with water & there was always sand bags out.  If there 'was' a tunnel, the entrance would have had to be thoroughly blocked off, or it would have ended up being a swimming pool. 

The Co-Op used to have a funeral parlour at the back, but they moved to the bottom of Pelaw Bank, given that the actual co-op is no-more, that may be a good place to get further info.  I love old Co-Op buildings they look fantastic.

Hope this helps, sorry I didn't see your post earlier, it's thank to Eccentric Ali  :clap:

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