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The Darker Arches
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Postby Leodian » Sat 07 Apr, 2012 11:41 pm

Caron wrote:
Thanks for that.
You have a photo of a gas lamp on this thread.
I lived on Wolseley St as a kid (til I was 5) and I remember the lamplighter making his calls every evening to light the lamps on Wolseley Rd.
I could never make out what he was doing exactly with the long pole he used and never thought to ask my mam and dad either. Can't believe I'm old enough to be remembering them in use Angry


But did you kick on the posts to make the gas light go on at its mantle when it had gone out or had not come on (I guess there must have been a pilot light of sorts). It seemed such fun as a kid. Regular Smiley
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Postby Caron » Sun 08 Apr, 2012 12:59 am

Leodian..you little vandal...haha
No, I was only very young and wasn't allowed out so late.
I'm not sure just how they worked and I'm too lazy to read up on google but didn't the pole pull a chain to release the gas? I do seem to remember a chain. Did he then use the pole to ignite the gas? I have no idea. Shame on me....
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Postby book » Sun 08 Apr, 2012 10:29 am

Yes if you gave them a good boot and made the top part shake they came on
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Postby Jogon » Thu 24 May, 2012 8:06 pm

Can someone give me a "today's view" of this.


Possibly from much further under the station (looks as thought the 'overhead' part might have increased over the years).
[img]http://www.leodis.org/imagesLeodis/screen/92/2002815_53img]

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Postby Phill_dvsn » Thu 24 May, 2012 11:13 pm

Jogon wrote:
Can someone give me a "today's view" of this.
I assume that it is looking out along this stretch ie the station side of Whitehall Rd bit of the river.http://g.co/maps/6hh5y

Possibly from much further under the station (looks as thought the 'overhead' part might have increased over the years).



I was looking around their collection of Swinegate Goit, all about 1905/06 and I'm assuming this closed it off and sent it 'right' under the dark arches.

I would think it's safe to say you presume right Jogon, the arches match perfectly with what was there. Much alteration to the station over the years can confuse things. I think a stone retaining wall was built across those arches to extend the station, you can see a few original arches as seen on your photo here
http://tinyurl.com/ce48bbq

It's easy to see how the retaining wall hides away those arches today on the linked photo.

It might be worth looking at the old maps to see how, and when this layout changed. I'll see what I can find out! Regular Smiley    
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Postby Phill_dvsn » Thu 24 May, 2012 11:25 pm

I've just realised one of those arches higher up also survives hiding behind some bushes, more info and photo here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/phill_dvsn/4985883012/

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Postby BarFly » Fri 25 May, 2012 12:10 am

I walked down there the other day and noticed where somebody from a popular "Urban Exploration" forum jumped a barrier to get a closer look at the arches. I am not sure whether I ought to post a link to it here though .
Phil, you know the site: should I post a link or is there a better way?
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Postby Phill_dvsn » Fri 25 May, 2012 12:18 am

BarFly wrote:
I walked down there the other day and noticed where somebody from a popular "Urban Exploration" forum jumped a barrier to get a closer look at the arches. I am not sure whether I ought to post a link to it here though .
Phil, you know the site: should I post a link or is there a better way?

Yes I've seen that post too, I think it best not to link it on S.L perhaps, different people read S.L than Derp sites Regular Smiley    
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Postby Phill_dvsn » Fri 25 May, 2012 12:35 am

Just had a look at the map to get a better idea of what is what on this photo. It looks like these arches carried on to the left of these arches here
http://tinyurl.com/ce48bbq

They were once in the open but were later buried under Wellington Station.



Here's the 1850 map when the river was very much wider under the station than what it is today.



The blue line being where your row of arches are, the cross being roughly where the photographer stood.



Closer detail how the river flowed under the station.
It looks like they are constructing or repairing the sluice on your photo?

And the corrugated sheeting on top of the arches on your photo is the actual station canopy/shed structure marked here.






The 1964 map resembles pretty much what we see today, the arches now buried under the station area towards the car park marked on the map.

                    
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Postby BarFly » Fri 25 May, 2012 12:36 am

Phill_dvsn wrote:
BarFly wrote:
I walked down there the other day and noticed where somebody from a popular "Urban Exploration" forum jumped a barrier to get a closer look at the arches. I am not sure whether I ought to post a link to it here though .
Phil, you know the site: should I post a link or is there a better way?

Yes I've seen that post too, I think it best not to link it on S.L perhaps, different people read S.L than Derp sites Regular Smiley    

Then I shall mention that closer images are available but they are not legally obtained and it might be possible to see how these people explored dark arches if one was to google.
    

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