View Full Version : Big Humpty & The Minger, Manchester - March 2010

crippletron 3000
14-03-2010, 02:51 PM
Visited By Ojay & Urban Soldier

Having already explored the 'Medlock Culvert' we decided to see what else the Medlock place had to offer, we came across 'Big Humpty'

This is another section where the Medlock is culverted near Newton Heath. Built by the Victorians it is of a Stone and Brick construction and looking at its condition easily around 100 years old like most other drains in Manc.


It's only a small mooch around 300 yards then you reach the outfall, it's also quite slippy, nearly went in at one point :eek:

The River Medlock then winds downstream towards the city centre, leaving Clayton and passing through Philips Park Cemetry, which was an eerie place to walk through late at night with nearly a Full Moon.

On the way we passed a CSO which seemed quite dry, it was an 'Egg shaped' duct, made of lovely Blue Staffordshire Brick. Someone had previously barred off the gate so we decided to take a look, as you do......

This place is known as the 'Minger' so I decided to use the respirator as I had heard stories of gases etc in here. The plan was to get a few photos and get out quick, which we did!!

After a back-breaking stoop up the 'Egg Shaped' pipe we were now in some inspection chamber, ahead was more smaller RCP. After another stoop we arrived at this MASSIVE chamber, and to the right over the side was the 'Tank'.

The smell in here was real badman sewerfresh, also there was some serious heat in here too. It was very difficult to take any photos as it was so steamy and the lighting was almost impossible. There was masses of foam in the bottom of the 'Tank' and to the right it appeared 'Sewerfresh' was running through it.

I wanted to climb down and take a good look around here, but I think it was Concrete Jungle that once said "Unless you have Ski Poles to keep you up forget it!" - Good advice man, besides the smell and the gases it was looking slippy as hell, even the 'inspection' platform wasn't do-able due to the conditions. My lens was steaming up and even using the flash the camera was struggling to focus.

When the weather gets a bit better, I might attempt the 'Tank' another day, it was HUGE and probably a good little 'splore of it's own....

After about 5 minutes in here breathing was difficult, time to leave......

Infall - Looking Out

Inside Humpty



Ojay & Urban Soldier

Bridge Crossing Cemetry

Entrance To The 'Minger'

'Minger' Outfall

Inside the CSO

Some Cool Lightpainting By Urban Soldier


Inside The 'Minger'

Covered In Poop

Bottom Of 'Tank'

Thanks for Looking :thumb

14-03-2010, 03:06 PM
Some stunning photos of a horrible place, I'm loving these drains so keep 'em coming. That shot inside Minger is brilliant :thumb

14-03-2010, 08:05 PM
yep great pics thanks for sharing

14-03-2010, 08:35 PM
Great composition with the 3rd and 4th images, most impressed.

crippletron 3000
14-03-2010, 08:38 PM
Great composition with the 3rd and 4th images, most impressed.

Thanks mate :)

15-03-2010, 10:32 AM
Excellent photies once again Ojay-greatly named too! Humpty & Minger are sooo apt! :thumb

15-03-2010, 11:54 AM
Fantastic, keep these coming please.

Some superb images there.

15-03-2010, 01:20 PM
Great report and pics :thumb

15-03-2010, 11:32 PM
I love the shape on Humpty!! Nice pics mate