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Offline bromptonboy

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Re: United Services Brompton
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2016, 18:45:39 »
The subsidence caused by the collapsing tunnels is quite widespread and goes back over a number of years. A block of garages in Sally Port Gardens has also sunk into the ground and remain out of use.

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Re: United Services Brompton
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2016, 17:06:19 »
Thanks, Leofwine - looks like we may have an answer. So what happens next, I wonder  - Sports ground closed permanently?

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Re: United Services Brompton
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2016, 16:08:31 »
It's not the first time holes have opened up under there, it's due to a large WWI dugout built under the Lines there (described as being in front of Prince Edward's Bastion). It was constructed to hold 3,000 men, either on the way to France, or to man the defensive line constructed between Detling and Iwade.  I'm not sure if it was ever used.
Apparently it consisted of 6 chambers, 288 feet long by 5 feet broad and 6 feet high.  I have some photos of it from the RE museum and it was of very simple construction, using wooden supports and withy panel, so as the woodwork rots the tunnels periodically collapse.
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Re: United Services Brompton
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2016, 14:09:00 »
If it was just a dene hole or a sink hole you would think it could be just filled in and/or capped. The fact that the entire area has been closed off for some time suggests the problem could be a bit more extensive.

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Re: United Services Brompton
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2016, 23:09:56 »
Looks like it's been there for some time, the opening mention here is from 2014

http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/brompton-kent-possible-ww1-tunnels.t88304

reply 3 seems to think it's a dene hole
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Re: United Services Brompton
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2016, 21:26:36 »
Comes out to roughly 8 feet across.

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Re: United Services Brompton
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2016, 18:57:03 »
That is a very big hole by the look of it.  Can yiu measure it using google earth?
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United Services Brompton
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2016, 18:27:54 »
I've noticed recently that the old United Services sports ground in Brompton Road seems to have fallen into disuse. As I walked down the alley next to it today I noticed that there are signs up saying "Danger - Subsidence do not enter". Using Google Earth you can see what appears to be a cordoned off hole in the infield. The obvious question is "What's causing the subsidence?" As this has long been a military area could it be (dare I say it) a tunnel?


 

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