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Baz
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1 of 10  Tue 28th Jan 2014 11:17pm  
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I noticed in the Telegraph today (28th Jan) that they believe there could be more chambers under the old Cathedral that have not been found as yet. In 1957 a man had the same idea reguarding St. Mary's Hall. J.B. Shelton thought there was a secret chamber behind the wall in the Freemasons room. As both buildings are only a road width apart this could a possibilty. Nothing is fact about this story, nor is it being proven, but maybe these buildings are connected. One of the chambers that have been found is now a cafe, and they know of a couple more that they intend to open to the public once they are damp-proofed and cleaned out. The same type of undercroft/vaulted chambers connect a number of buildings in the High Street. These are mentioned in another thread. Thumbs up
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Baz
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2 of 10  Wed 29th Jan 2014 7:41pm  
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Another piece of information that came out of the newspaper that day is that the lower basement of the old Owen Owen building is the size of 4 football pitches. I did know that it reached out as far as the road in Ironmonger Row, as they had to support the road up via metal girders. But did not know it was that large. They called it "the black hole of Calcutta". And I believe it is lower than the basement level of the building. Other items raised on the page were that of the River Sherbourne under the city (see separate thread) and the famous Mini Coopers in the sewers. We have already covered the subways in another thread, so do you know of any more places that have not seen the light of day for many years? Smile
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flapdoodle
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3 of 10  Thu 30th Jan 2014 10:00am  
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When I was a student at the Poly 25 years ago, there were rumours and 'legends' about tunnels underneath the Cathedral and the city centre - plus stories of tunnels under the old GEC site in Hillfields. I believe one rumour was of a tunnel linking the Cathedral to another of the old abbey/churches! Although not really true, these rumours do seem to have some foundation in the fact that there are chambers underneath Drapers Hall and the Cathedral...
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mick
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4 of 10  Thu 30th Jan 2014 11:21am  
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The large area under the old Owen Owens incorporates the basement of their store built in the late 1930s and is therefore the shape of a flatiron on the footprint of the shop between Cross Cheaping and the then new Trinity Street. The service access in Palmer Lane was the service access to the old store reused for the new one in the 1950s.
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NeilsYard
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5 of 10  Thu 30th Jan 2014 12:36pm  
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I think Dutchman posted a photo inside the 'bunker' a while ago - will try to find.
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NeilsYard
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6 of 10  Sun 23rd Feb 2014 11:52pm  
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Theres a comment on the true Coventarian (I know?!) Facebook page that mentions : " Before we moved to Warwick Row I used to work at Royal Insurance in the High St. We used to have to do filing in the basement and there were really old arches in brick and, as I understood it, there were tunnels that went all over the place underneath the town. I believe these were connected to St Mary's Guildhall"
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TonyS
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7 of 10  Mon 24th Feb 2014 10:20am  
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There is a photo here in this topic that shows one of the "rooms" - was this the one you were thinking of Neil? There may well be more in other threads!
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deanocity3
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8 of 10  Mon 24th Feb 2014 6:31pm  
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Not sure if anyone has seen this before, it 's from the MACE archive in 1968 entitled meet the Mayor. A 7 min film looking around the city interviewing several people, after 3 mins of the clip it shows people in an underground room not sure where it is. Have a look at the link. Meet the mayor 1968
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TonyS
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9 of 10  Mon 24th Feb 2014 7:51pm  
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It looks like it could be what is now known as "The Crypt" - the cafe/restaurant below St Mary's Guildhall. Great find Dean! Thumbs up
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NeilsYard
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10 of 10  Tue 25th Feb 2014 8:14am  
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Yep think you're right Tony - Its a lovely place for a coffee that does not advertise itself enough!
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