So nine months down the drain reveals Slim Pickings
AN urban explorer has created an amazing look at Greater Manchester’s sewers – with thousands of photographs over months of investigating underground.
The sequence, which has been made into a video, consists of more than 5,000 images taken over nine months of venturing underground around Manchester and Trafford.
The creator of the video, known only as ‘Substormflow’ online, wanted to remain anonymous. He said he began exploring Manchester’s sewers after spotting an open manhole cover near Cornbrook – and decided to climb inside.
He now believes he has explored more than 110 drains and sewers around Greater Manchester, some dating back over 100 years, such as ‘The Hulme Flume’ leading to the River Irwell and built in 1913.
Others include those around the River Bollin in Macclesfield and ‘ Hyde Falls’ – tunnels off the River Tame.
But he says his favourite sewer so far is one nicknamed ‘Slim Pickings’ off the River Medlock in Manchester.
He said: “Slim Pickings has the amazing brickwork and exploring somewhere previously unseen by public eye.
“Thankfully nothing has happened personally.
“Exploring in pairs, not going underground when there’s bad weather and taking a gas detector helps manage the risk.
“Ultimately, though, they can be dangerous places and best stayed away from.”
●●Pictures of sewers under the city taken by urban explorer ‘Substormflow’ who created Drains of Manchester