Heritage Open Days 2017

If you are not yet a member of the Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels, or have not yet Visited the The Non-Public Tunnels, why not do so this year.

The Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels will be taking part in the 2017 Heritage Open Days, opening our Paddington site for free tours.

Why not book yourself in and see for yourself what we have been busy doing for the last 4 years. See the amazing, deep Cathederal like subterranean chambers, carved out of the Sandstone Bedrock that has formed Paddington.

Please see the Heritage Open Day web site for full details on booking your place. Book now to avoid disappointment, spaces are limited and get booked up quickly.

https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/friends-of-williamsons-tunnels-paddington-site1

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Comparison of Photographs, showing Level 4 progress…

These three images were all taken in the Ash Chamber. They show three stages of our progress, emptying this deep chamber completely by hand. Before we started to empty this section, it was possible to touch the brick roof. In fact when we had visitors to Paddington, we always suggested that they to do just that, as one day in the future it would not be possible to do so again. Well as you can now see, it is definitely not now possible to touch the brick roof. This has been a labour of love for all the volunteers that have worked hard on this project.

The date of each stage is shown underneath each photograph.

In the top photograph, work has started to empty the Ash Chamber. The top of a previously unknown arch on the right and has just been discovered.

In the middle picture, the same arch is now fully visible as the chamber increases in depth, getting more impressive each day.

Finally up to date, the bottom picture shows the empty Ash Chamber in all its glory. The Ash Chamber is now almost 12m deep, from its lowest point of the bedrock floor up to the arch roof. A truly incredible space indeed…

Don’t forget that you can come and visit or Paddington Site including the large cathedral like Ash Chamber for yourself during the Heritage Open Days 2016 

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Ash Chamber, We are nearly there…

The last few months have seen our digging team continue to dig out the Ash Chamber. The Ash Chamber has grown in size at quite an impressive rate and is the largest and deepest of the two chambers on Level 4. You may well have seen photographs already of our progress in uncovering the bedrock floor in this section. The Ash Chamber is also where the flooding takes place due being the deepest point of Paddington.

As we have continued to uncover ever more of this bedrock floor, which looks as though it may have been unfinished. You can see how uneven the bedrock floor is throughout this section in the photographs, you can even see in the bottom photograph where a section of incomplete gully has been marked out, ready to carve it out continuing the gully all the way round. Also, you may just be able to see that there is a curve shaped drain gully between the two buttresses. It would appear that all the flood water that continues to flow into this chamber has been flowing down from the Gypsum Chamber down this gully.

We should have this section finished by next Sunday, so hope to have more photos of this completed section next week.

Stay Tuned, and don’t forget you can visit this section for yourself during the Heritage Open Days 2016  

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The Ash Chamber, very nearly empty now… Impressive…
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The last bit of floor to be uncovered, you can see the section of incomplete gully, marked and ready to carve out on the left.

Heritage Open Days 2016

The Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels will be taking part in 2016 Heritage Open Days, once again opening our Paddington site for free tours.

Why not book yourself in and see for yourself what we have been busy doing for the last 4 years. See the amazing, deep subterranean chambers carved out of the Sandstone Bedrock that has formed Paddington.

Please see the Heritage Open Day web site for full details on booking your place. Book now to avoid disappointment, spaces are limited and get booked up quickly.

https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/friends-of-williamsons-tunnels-paddington-site1

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