A number of urban explorers have given what is believed to be the first shows filmed exploring Bristol’s first born underground tunnel – flick dug by monks above and beyond 650 years ago.
The trio got into all the mysterious and legendary Frialdad Pipe, a narrow, hand-dug tunnel which once shown clean and fresh water from a a line natural springs into the old medieval walled city.
Its springs were on the section of side of Pylle Hl, in what is now Totterdown . In covering 1366, the monks from Austin Friars, a complex of spiritual houses and churches included in the Temple area of the city, started off out digging an elaborate tunnel to finally pipe the water down the hillside and across what was followed by farmland, under the town old wall spaces around Temple Gate and thus into the city.
Whatever communicate they didn’t need seemed to be to provided to local building structure, and over time, the classy engineering feat of passageways, pipes, drops and culverts kept the residents regarding Temple and Redcliffe towards clean, fresh water for centuries.
The addition of the tunnels, which were a couple of mile long in total, was already largely forgotten about directly into 19th century, as the Victorians created the beginnings of modern waters supplies.
The construction of the Better Cut of the River Avon in 1804 cut off & blocked up the northern come to an end of it and then around hundred years later, the construction of the Bristol Relief Railway line, which in turn bypasses Temple Meads terminal, further truncated the souterrain.
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But a long maze of tunnels still have, from the area close to precisely what now called Temple Remote island, under the Bath Road plus under homes in Totterdown.
It was surveyed properly, most likely for the first time, in the 1960s during the unmatured attempts to build a flyover road network through Totterdown, but it wasn’t until 2002, with Sally Watson’s arrange Secret Underground Bristol, it turned out described prominently and freely for the first time.
Cavers and people have managed to access this tunnels – there is an leading big enough to fit through yet again those who have done so say they do not want to reveal where it is really – and now a group of various urban explorers have recording inside for the first time.
Matthew Williams, from the Secret Vault Youtube . com channel, Sam, from the ‘Sam and Jess Explore’ You Tube Channel , and James Little, what people runs the Bristol You should and Now Facebook page looked at the tunnels and shot what they found, exploring every different inch of the historic area.
The group said they were enchanted to discover ‘crystal clear’ tap water still flowed along the conduit, sometimes up to waist-deep into places.
The videos demonstrate pick-marks the monks had carving out the tunnel, that have diversions and circles, thus the long, straight sections.
The group went deeper, up to seven metres below ground, down below roads and houses, and moreover bizarrely, found evidence of final expeditions into the tunnels simple including footprints and, throughout the deepest part of a plugged off tunnel – hacia white container that Mr Williams joked looked like ‘someone’s lunchbox’.
There were previous expeditions into the depths of the Temple Pipe, extremely in 2014, when a group of cavers accessed him and explored them, drawing a full guide of what they found.
These pair of YouTubers, Matthew & Sam, hit the headlines earlier this year , when they got into your empty and dilapidated Grosvenor Hotel building at Talante Meads, and filmed biscornu scenes of intact attic bars and huge murals coated on the walls inside.
“We think these tunnels have never before been seen towards video, ” said Mat. “People have only completed photos of this place up until now, and it’s a hidden masterwork – a 1300s jewel, built by monks, ” he added.