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Be Careful Where You Park Your Car!

This guy is thankful no one was in the car when it happened.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-36273548

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The blue Vauxhall Zafira is resting in the huge hole
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Re: Be Careful Where You Park Your Car!

That seems to be happening a lot these days. One of the most impressive examples for me happened in Norwich in 1988 when a double decker bus fell into a hole in Earlham Road, due to medieval chalk mining works suddenly collapsing. Cadbury's immediately realised the potential of the striking image and the next day started an advertising campaign for their Double Decker chocolate bar with the strapline 'nothing fills a hole like a Double Decker'. Clever stuff.

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Re: Be Careful Where You Park Your Car!

We have mine workings and other excavations dating back hundreds of years. Many of these old working were abandoned long before such excavations were recorded. And the fact is that many older roads and buildings were built without any knowledge of what was under the ground.

A few years ago a similar hole appeared in a field just beyond the runway of Newcastle airport. I think that turned out to be an old mine working.

Many of the problems in the home counties seem to be related to limestone dissolving deep underground; presumably accelerated by acidic rainfall over the past 100 years or so.
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Re: Be Careful Where You Park Your Car!

Nigel beat me to it. A friend of mine in a local village - West Rainton - had a crack running along the line of the building and the path. He used two sets of chinney sweeps rods to find out how deep and was surprised when he ran out of rods before reaching bottom. Once again, it was down to old mine workings. Once this was determined, the houses in question were evacuated.

These day's you have to be 'fracking' careful where you build as well as park your car. If a certain industry gets its way there could be houses disappearing.
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Looks to me like someone made a grave error...
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These day's you have to be 'fracking' careful where you build as well as park your car. If a certain industry gets its way there could be houses disappearing.
We mustn't stand in the way of big oil Wally. That just wouldn't do.

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Looks to me like someone made a grave error...
Don't joke about it Graham. If you knew how much work a few old bones create!

One of the churches in this parish had a drain laid around its north side so that a kitchen and lavatory could be installed.

The building dates from around 1250, and by rights there should have been no human remains on the north side as that was known as 'the Devil's side' in medieval times.

However, numerous bones were found, and each had to be examined, photographed and recorded by an Archaeologist. So many bones were found that the Archaeologist had to attend full time until digging was complete.

The additional work cost in excess of 25,000, and then the remains had to be given a proper burial!

As a matter of interest the Archaeologist explained that whilst burials on 'the Devil's side' were unusual, paupers sometimes buried their dead there if they could not afford a proper grave, (and would often bury them at night). It is also believed that some criminals were buried on the north side to keep them away from the 'good people'. But of course this is all supposition.
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Re: Be Careful Where You Park Your Car!

Looks like a suspension problem!

Reading has various old chalk workings. There is an extensive system under the local scout hut which has a Nissen hut inside it.

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Looks like a suspension problem!

Reading has various old chalk workings. There is an extensive system under the local scout hut which has a Nissen hut inside it.

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Yes; and I believe the chalk extends to High Wycombe and beyond, where a very large sink hole developed last year.
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Re: Be Careful Where You Park Your Car!

Googling for it shows there have been rather a lot.

One in High Wycombe, Feb 2014:
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2...r-high-wycombe

The one I remember from last year was not that far from Wycombe, in St. Albans:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...herts-34410423
I remember that one because it was about 100 yards from where a friend used to live.

And there seems to have been a whole series of them in Hemel Hempstead - I hope (Ian and his hire stock) are not in danger of being swallowed up!

As Harold says, there are various old workings under Reading. There was a story a few years ago about a street near the town centre that had to be evacuated after an underground chamber collapsed. It looks as if we are living on top of a sponge.

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And there seems to have been a whole series of them in Hemel Hempstead -
Ahhh, maybe that is where my Kodachromes went to?

I posted them to PO Box 14, HP2 7EH last year, but I have not seen them since.
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Looks like a suspension problem!

Reading has various old chalk workings. There is an extensive system under the local scout hut which has a Nissen hut inside it.

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By coincidence, I bought a local paper this morning. It has an article about the caves under the scout hut. Some of the chambers are up to 20ft deep.

I seems that Churchill's Secret Army were based there, their mission to blow up the two bridges across the Thames, to stop the advance of certain unwelcome European visitors.

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By coincidence, I bought a local paper this morning. It has an article about the caves under the scout hut. Some of the chambers are up to 20ft deep.

I seems that Churchill's Secret Army were based there, their mission to blow up the two bridges across the Thames, to stop the advance of certain unwelcome European visitors.

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It seems the Army took Reading and the surrounding area very seriously during WWII. I'm not sure why? Maybe it had something to do with local industry?

My Father was stationed at nearby Marlow in 1939 before being sent elsewhere.
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It seems the Army took Reading and the surrounding area very seriously during WWII. I'm not sure why? Maybe it had something to do with local industry?

My Father was stationed at nearby Marlow in 1939 before being sent elsewhere.
My mother, prior to my arrival, worked in the ammunition factory at Burghfield, about 10m south of Reading. Of course, there was Huntley & Palmers biscuit factory and the Simonds brewery.

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... their mission to blow up the two bridges across the Thames, to stop the advance of certain unwelcome European visitors. Harold
Some attitudes never seem to change. I find it QI, that from the 17th Century, The Hokey-Cokey dance is still going on.
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Was this the German World Tour which was cancelled in 1945?

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Of course, there was Huntley & Palmers biscuit factory and the Simonds brewery.

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I'm glad the Army had their priorities right.

There was also a brewery in Henley on Thames (Brakspear's ?) which I believe is still there.
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