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Author Sharnberry magazine - or what?
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Sharnberry magazine - or what?
Posted: 03/06/2012 10:46:49
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I was once led to believe this was a water monitoring station for the Tees aqueduct which runs directly beneath the site - but I could be wrong;





Allegedly during the driving of the tunnel numerous ore bodies were discovered but never worked. Does anyone know differently?
IP: 87.114.38.39 Edited: 03/06/2012 10:57:45 by Manxman
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Posted: 03/06/2012 14:14:28
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Interesting, "magazine" was my assumption based on outer blast walls, solid concrete roof, and heavy steel door.
Truth could lie between, originally a magazine, later adapted for another use. I am just speculating though.

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Posted: 03/06/2012 15:19:47
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Do you have a NGR or FlashEarth location? IP: 86.9.255.79
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Posted: 03/06/2012 16:29:40
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magazine roofs mainly are of a lighter construction so if the worst happens the blast goes up rather than side ways ,less damage to other buildings etc

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Posted: 03/06/2012 16:30:10
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It shows on maps and google earth. When I first saw it I pondered. Its definately double walled.
NZ 00716 30730

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Posted: 03/06/2012 16:32:14
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scooptram wrote:

magazine roofs mainly are of a lighter construction so if the worst happens the blast goes up rather than side ways ,less damage to other buildings etc


A very good point.

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Posted: 03/06/2012 16:38:28
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Roy, that grid ref puts the structure about 330 metres east of my very rough tunnel projection, so probably tunnel air vent or similar. Will get more accurate tunnel line shortly.

Edit: More accurate plotting puts it within 10 metres of the tunnel line. Smile
IP: 86.9.227.209 Edited: 03/06/2012 16:48:36 by Morlock
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Posted: 03/06/2012 16:53:36
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According to Flash Earth, the co-ordinates are:

Lat. 54°40' 17.9" N
Long. 1°59' 25.4" W

and it is clearly visible, even though that section of the satellite image is somewhat reduced quality.
When I was last there, you could hear loud running water inside, but as though it was long way underground, if you see what I mean.
IP: 87.114.38.39 Edited: 03/06/2012 16:56:15 by Manxman
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Posted: 03/06/2012 16:58:10
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looks like water board architecture to me
Valve houses and etc on local dams are similar dressed stone construction.
I've not seen any magazines as posh as that around here Smile


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Posted: 03/06/2012 19:49:52
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I think Manxman has pretty well hit the nail on the head here. It would be very unusual to hear the sounds of rushing water being emitted from a magazine. The aqueduct does indeed run through Sharnberry and R.A.Fairburn in his book on the Teesdale mines states that the aqueduct intersected the veins below the worked ground but found no mineral. IP: 86.164.241.40
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Posted: 03/06/2012 21:20:01
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Thank you all, I will amend the photo caption.

Cant figure the double walls though.

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Posted: 03/06/2012 22:29:27
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royfellows wrote:

Cant figure the double walls though.


I suppose the outer stonework could be cosmetic with the inner wall being a continuation of a concrete shaft lining?
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Posted: 04/06/2012 08:04:29
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A lot of that type of building are reinforced concrete with a cosmetic skin of 'local' stone. It is somebody's idea of blending in.

When was the aquaduct built? I have a vague recollection of going to look at the site of that building when it was being built, around 1974?
I may even have a photo somewhere.
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Posted: 04/06/2012 09:38:53
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I think I may have the answer to my own question re the gap between inner and outer walls.
If the inner wall is a continuation of a shaft lining there will be a high chance of a lot of movement/settlement, so they would leave a gap between this and the cosmetic outer wall so that the former would not damage the latter. Its the inner wall that carries the concrete roof, again this completely separate.

Interesting little building.


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Posted: 04/06/2012 10:00:44
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Some more information:

The aqueduct was driven in the mid 1970's. The section between the Wear outlet near Frosterly and the final one at Eggleston was driven in a dead straight line, with at least one shaft similar to this one serving it. In which case the tunnel passes under the Sharnberry mine road at this point almost at right angles.

Due to a perceived security risk each shaft was sunk not in a continuous drop but had a 'step' or offset part way down, presumably to arrest the fall of any possible device dropped down it. The building on the surface was made to be 'bomb-proof' (and explorer-proof) hence it's solid magazine-like appearance.

Despite an almost paranoid security awareness, as a bizarre publicity stunt upon the completion of this section of the tunnel two minis were driven at speed along it's length, in the style of 'The Italian Job".

Fascinating. Smartass
IP: 87.115.30.89 Edited: 04/06/2012 10:35:41 by Manxman
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Posted: 04/06/2012 13:39:22
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I think this is the air vent shaft referred to in various documents as Letch House, the highest point of the pumped bit from Riding Mill

http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=54.897464&lon=-1.936575&z=18.8&r=0&src=msa

Another shaft under Airy Holme Res which appears to be a surge pond.

http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=54.880142&lon=-1.928654&z=17.6&r=0&src=msa

Another shaft at Waskersley Res which has submersible pumping gear. About here.

http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=54.792778&lon=-1.959507&z=19.2&r=0&src=msa

Still looking for the second shaft in last section. Big Grin
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Posted: 04/06/2012 14:35:18
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Are there any details anywhere on this aqueduct.
I have just googled it and got virtually nothing. Only it sounds seriously interesting.

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Posted: 04/06/2012 14:44:33
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Google "tyne tees water tunnel", lots of pdf files about but they take a bit of wading through. Pity nobody has done a Google route similar to the Wales- Brum aqueduct. IP: 82.26.83.249
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Posted: 04/06/2012 14:47:27
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Roy, it would seem we were both right regarding the purpose of this structure. Try Googling 'Tyne Tees Aqueduct'. This will lead you to a jigsaw of info that you may find of use if you have loads of time on your hands ..... IP: 87.115.30.89 Edited: 04/06/2012 14:49:06 by Manxman
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Posted: 04/06/2012 16:47:21
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Right about the jigsaw, but nothing actually describing its length, depth, history, photos etc, and nothing on Wikipedia.
I agree "lots of time". Never mind

An interesting speculation re "lots of ore bodies cut" This was in the 1970s, right. What if it were today, with todays metal prices?

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