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Crypt – November 2010

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Given our lack of ability to find this on the basis that we knew what end of town it was in and that you could hear it roar as you walked over the lid, this was eventually remarkably easy. The Manchester contingent of Nckt, Concrete Jungle and Eotech had arrived earlier in the evening and we started the evening with another pleasant but photoless roam around the middle reaches of the Tyburn.


As well as copious amounts of Lucozade and stories of Manchester rooptops and general urban antics, another thing brought down from the North West of England was a road name that would lead to Crypt. Despite the road being over a mile long, by change I pulled into an available parking space, Eotech jumped out of the car for a piss, and the lid just happened to be there. Quite simply the luckiest we’ve ever been when it comes to finding lids. 7 in the chamber was a few too many for convenience, so Neb and Chris departed to return in the week. We spent a couple of hours in here, but none of my photos please me sufficiently. I will return!

Lighting inadequacies

Crypt is a fancy feature. Evidently named for it’s underground arches, it takes the feeds of two navigable pipes and collects them together to take to the outfall. Given the shapes here, it’s a nightmare to light effectively.

‘Curved Brick’

Doing it Wrong

‘Putney Extension

Written by Winch

November 21st, 2010 at 11:33 am

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  1. You failed to mention how epic it is, and how absolutely ludicrously over engineered it is and also failed to add w00tz. This is a borderline write-up


    21 Nov 10 at 12:03 pm

  2. Oh yeah, it’s proper epic. and it’s also ludicrously over engineered and W000000000T!


    21 Nov 10 at 12:17 pm

  3. Brapford


    21 Nov 10 at 12:33 pm

  4. I know what you mean about the lighting being a pain. I could happly have spend hours trying to get a decent shot in there. Still you got some really nice shots there, the second one is a beaut! Just to confirm: Epic and woot!!


    22 Nov 10 at 7:15 pm

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