The Anonymous Widower

We’re Really In It Now

I was also given a tour of part of the Northern Outfall Sewer at Hackney Wick.

These pictures were not taken by me, as you can see I was rather protected again the effluent from half of London’s drains and toilets.

Note the quality of the brickwork, which is over a hundred years old, with some nearly fifty years older than that!

It should also be noted, that I was breathing a lot better in the sewer.  I suppose there isn’t much pollen down there!

I also didn’t have any problems walking in the almost thigh high water.  You have to feel your way with your feet, but then I was taught to do this in industrial environments that may be dangerous, by Health and Safety when I worked for ICI in the 1960s. The only problem I had was that when I first got down there it took a couple of minutes for my eyes to be able to see things properly.

But I survived it with ease and the only thing I couldn’t do was take the photos. The photos incidentally were taken by Daniel, who has his own blog called The Sewerman’s Log. It’s an excellent well-written insight into the day-to-day happenings in London’s sewers and what it is really like to work up-to-your-waist in things that polite society doesn’t talk about.  This post is a good place to start in his blog, as it gives a good summary of the problems and also gives an insight into how Dan Snow was kitted up for his recent television series.

May 16, 2011 - Posted by | World | , , ,


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