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Industry => Waterworks => Topic started by: kyn on July 22, 2009, 10:29:32

Title: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: kyn on July 22, 2009, 10:29:32
As we have already seen on here there are still many victorian sewer ventilation pipes dotted around towns.  Got any pics?

These were used to allow methane to escape from the sewers which prevented them exploding  :o  Some i believe can still be found with a flame burning up the top  ???

One in Sheerness
(http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii34/batgirlphotos/new/IMG_4163Small.jpg)
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: colin haggart on July 23, 2009, 22:30:17
There are still many in the alleyways in Sheerness.

This I took sometime ago off Telescope alley, Sheerness.

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/Vent.jpg)
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: kyn on August 07, 2009, 23:14:46
Is it only Sheppey/Sheerness with these?

Wheatsheaf Gardens, Sheerness
(http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii34/batgirlphotos/new/IMG_4287Small-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: Paul on August 22, 2009, 11:42:03
A pretty one at Copers Cope Road,Beckenham,Kent.

(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm223/Paulwp/Capture1-6.jpg)
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: Alan on September 19, 2009, 22:02:22
http://photo-hosting.winsoftmagic.com/1/yyjw7113jt.jpg

 This one is in alley betwen St.Helen's road and Coronation road Sheerness.
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: robin fairservice on October 29, 2009, 20:32:49
May be they were first installed in the Victorian era, but as a civil engineer I was still installing them in the 1960's. They were sited at the head of dead end sewers and where ever a pumping main discharged into a manhole.  Around that time the plumbing codes were changed to move the drainage plumbing into the buildings, and with a central stack that vented to the outside. This improved the ventilation of sewers and rendered the ventilation pipes superfluous.  This also eliminated the outside plumbing which often froze up in the winter. I have no idea what the shorter pipes were for, and I don't think that they could have vented anything.  
;The small vents in gardens were from interceptor chambers built at the front property line where a trap would stop any odours proceeding to the house.
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: rdfb2 on October 31, 2009, 12:52:48
Here's a couple in Bexley Kent, the first one has  had its  chimney replaced with a fiberglass  one, went back there this year, and it has all changed, the little river has been diverted and its like a mud flat there now, this was done to stop the foundations being washed away, shame because I remember it as far back as 1972, and have always taken the kids there fishing, we caught a monster toad there last year.

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w94/rdfb2/s16.jpg)

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w94/rdfb2/s5.jpg)
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: Chatham_Girl85 on February 15, 2010, 23:20:26
would this be one?

the bottom
(http://i543.photobucket.com/albums/gg454/ChathamGirl85/Out%20and%20About/P150210_11570001.jpg)


the top
(http://i543.photobucket.com/albums/gg454/ChathamGirl85/Out%20and%20About/P150210_11580001.jpg)

i can't see the top very well so it might be a lamp post, but i think its too tall to be honest
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: karlostg on February 16, 2010, 10:09:36
Looks like one ChathamGirl, good pic. Is it Upper Luton Road?
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: unfairytale on February 25, 2010, 18:55:20
Here's a couple from Dover.
Elms Vale Road. The pipe was still there 12 years ago.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/4387304973_e36866e3ff.jpg)

And a complete one on Astor Avenue.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4019/4405818409_bd01af4d80.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4015/4405818425_900531c686.jpg)
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: strangelights on February 25, 2010, 20:38:25
Ithink the pipe from Elms Vale rd was only removed a couple of weeks ago.I pass this one nearly every day and the top was looking quite rotten.The crown had completly rotted away.
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: unfairytale on February 25, 2010, 21:14:26
Ithink the pipe from Elms Vale rd was only removed a couple of weeks ago.I pass this one nearly every day and the top was looking quite rotten.The crown had completly rotted away.

A couple of weeks!  :)
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: strangelights on February 25, 2010, 22:03:07
Yes,it wasnt much longer,i can remember seeing it and i noticed the pipe looked really rotted,may havebeen leaning slightly,came past a couple of days later and it was gone.The highways dept are doing lots of work around there so it was probably them,or scrap thieves.
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: unfairytale on March 01, 2010, 21:44:05
I should have said that both the Dover sewer pipes shown were made by, Ham Baker & Co. LTD, Engineers, Westminster. A firm that are still trading today.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2708/4398871001_c3f34103b3_m.jpg)
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: merc on July 23, 2010, 21:57:05
(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/vent1.jpg)

This one's on the Lower Rainham Road, Gillingham. With obviously a newer top.

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/vent2.jpg)

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/vent3.jpg)

and this ones in Berengrave Nature Reserve, Rainham (no picture of the top as it's hard to see because it's covered by branches).
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: Lyn L on July 27, 2010, 11:23:18
I think I spotted one on Jacksons field this morning, it's close to City Way  near the path that goes across towards Fort Pitt, didn't have the camera as usual ! never noticed it before either.
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: Chatham_Girl85 on January 28, 2011, 16:57:34
Fort Pitt Hill, Chatham/Rochester

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5292/5396061582_2ac3ecca25.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chathamgirl85/5396061582/)
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: kyn on September 11, 2011, 23:15:19
Water Lane Ospringe
(http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii34/batgirlphotos/KHF/IMG_0670Large.jpg)
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: cliveh on September 17, 2011, 18:20:32
Four Acres, East Malling. End of the line for the nearest mains sewer to me - 1/4 mile short of my house! Aint septic tanks fun!! :)

(http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg182/cliveinkent/IMG_0014.jpg)

cliveh
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: Chatham_Girl85 on September 17, 2011, 20:40:14
I've walked past this one for years and never noticed it until last week on my way to the doctors in Luton Village.



(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l634/grumpymuffin3/Out%20and%20About%202011/sewerventilation.jpg)


It's on the corner of North Dane Way, Hopewell Drive, just outside of what was Hopewell House.
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: Rochester-bred on September 18, 2011, 13:39:56
Fort Pitt Hill, Chatham/Rochester

I passed this by car today and was thrilled to be able to point it out to my brother ,thank you for the picture Chatham_girl85  :)
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: merc on February 21, 2012, 12:50:47
I think I saw one near the village of Cliffe a little while ago. It was lying down next to the footpath, in a field by Cooling Road, that had spread out tyre's in the ground (sculptures?).



Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: unfairytale on February 21, 2012, 17:08:35
North of Kittington Farm, Elvington.
(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn151/unfairytale208/DSCN1141.jpg)

(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn151/unfairytale208/DSCN1142.jpg)
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: merc on July 24, 2012, 16:48:27
I noticed two in an alleyway off Manor Road, Chatham, today (opposite the Masonic Hall).
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: kyn on September 16, 2012, 18:52:55
Sturla Road, Chatham
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: Bobdonk on April 21, 2013, 07:52:43
and this ones in Berengrave Nature Reserve, Rainham (no picture of the top as it's hard to see because it's covered by branches).

I managed to get the top. But the middle section has still to be imagined.

(http://i740.photobucket.com/albums/xx50/bobdonk/KHF/sewerpipe_zps44d1a604.png) (http://s740.photobucket.com/user/bobdonk/media/KHF/sewerpipe_zps44d1a604.png.html)
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: kyn on May 14, 2013, 18:45:33
St. Margaret's Street, Rochester
Title: Re: Victorian sewer Ventilation
Post by: kyn on June 03, 2013, 10:26:12
At the top of Ash Tree Lane  :)