I first got an interest in drains when I found an open manhole in some wasteland. A set of rungs lead down, climbing down the first couple I hung there listening as my eyes adjusted finally able to see a shallow channel of water. After heading back a bit more equipped I got my first taste of an underground river, the Cornbrook.

  • Lower Cornbrook manhole
  • Lower Cornbrook manhole
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