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After living in the beautiful Saxon market town for more than 15 years, I consider myself a proud Sandbachian and was fascinated by the network of tunnels under the city and the campaign to uncover them.
Sandbach pavement and Saxon crosses
For centuries the town of Sandbach has been hiding an almost forgotten collection of secret tunnels. Most will have heard the fascinating stories about a secret tunnel that connects the Old Hall with St. Mary’s Church, others may remember stories of strange walled-up passages in the cellars and cellars of nearby buildings, but what hidden secrets are right under our feet?
The Sandbach community decided to find out after Linden Burt, the project’s founder and lifelong resident of Sandbach, founded the Facebook group: The Sandbach Tunnel Network.
Walled-in entrance to a Sandbach tunnel
The group quickly shot to over 700 members in just 3 days, with hundreds joining daily, generating mass interest and a cascade of offers to support the project.
Generous support offers from professional service providers as well as the overwhelming support from the local community have meant that the project quickly gained momentum and excited the city with interest.
St. Marys Wood, Sandbach, Cheshire
Nick Radford, one of the 6 project leaders, explains that the ultimate goal is to rediscover, record and learn about an important part of the city’s heritage.
We hope the project will preserve knowledge of the tunnels and the fascinating history that surrounds them and pass them on to future generations.
Live on site? Here’s how you can get involved
This is largely a collaborative project and The Sandbach Tunnel Network would like to encourage anyone who wishes to get involved to connect with them through the Facebook page.
There is still a long way to go, but the Sandbachers seem to be on the right track to find the light at the end of the tunnel!
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Shell loves all things travel and the outdoors, and is a nature-loving, comfortable camping girl. Shell started the Camping with Style blog after a serious snowboarding accident that left her with a broken back. Even so, she used the outdoors and nature’s healing powers to relax, and she continues to spend time outdoors whenever she can.
From swimming in the open water, snowboarding and kayaking to mountain hiking and meditation, Shell shares their travels and micro-adventures here on the blog. In various publications she has written for, Shell has a particular interest in promoting the well-being and the many benefits of natural therapy.
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