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"TOSHERS"
SEWER HUNTER'S !!!!
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ITS 1850 AND WE ALL KNOW WHAT THE MUDLARKS ARE DOING ON THE 4-SHORE !!!......BUT WHAT ABOUT THE "TOSHERS" NOT HEARD OF THEM ???? GANGS OF "SEWER HUNTERS" NICKNAMED TOSHERS, A WORD DERIVED FROM THE PIECES OF COPPER AND BRASS THEY FOUND AND WHICH THEY CALLED "TOSH"

WEARING A VELVETEEN COAT, CANVAS TROUSERS, AND OLD SHOES. SOME CARRIED BAGS ON THERE BACK'S TO HELP THEM IN THERE WORK, AND ALL CARRIED A POLE SOME 7 TO 8 FOOT LONG......ON WHICH WAS AN IRON HOE !!! THIS WOULD BE USED TO TEST THE FIRMNESS OF THE GROUND......AND IF THEY SUNK IN SOME QUAGMIRE IT COULD ALSO BE USED TO HELP DRAG THEMSELVES OUT !!!!

THE SEWER HUNTERS HAD TO HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TIDES, AND KNOW WHERE THINGS WERE CARRIED BY THE ACTION OF THE WATER. THEY HAD TO BE CAREFUL OF RATS, WHICH WOULD SOMETIMES ATTACK HUMANS, AND BEWARE OF CAVE-INS OF THE BRICKWORK. THE SMALLER SEWERS WERE CONSIDERED TO BE TOO DANGEROUS TO WORK AS A RESULT OF THE EXTREMELY FOUL AIR !!! (THE SMELL OF S**T TO YOU AND ME !!)

USING A LANTERN AND RAKING THE MUD, SEWER HUNTERS WERE OFTEN VERY SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR FINDS. SOMETIMES THEY WOULD COME UPON A RUSTED MASS, LOOKING LIKE A ROCK BUT ACTUALLY A CONGLOMERATE CONTAINING COINS, NAILS, AND PIECES OF IRON. THEY WERE EVEN KNOWN TO CONTAIN AN OCCASIONAL GOLD SOVEREIGN OR HALF- SOV WHICH HAD BEEN WASHED INTO THE SEWER FROM CESSPITS OR THE DRAINS OF HOUSES.

AFTER A DAYS SEARCHING THE SEWER HUNTERS WOULD DIVIDE THEIR SPOILS OR "WHACK" BETWEEN THEMSELVES. A TOSHER COULD EARN BETWEEN 30 SHILLINGS AND £2 ON A GOOD DAY, AND THERE WERE ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 200 OF THEM WORKING DOWN THERE !!!!

TOSHERS RARELY SAVED MONEY AND SPENT MOST OF THEIR EARNINGS IN ALE HOUSES.....(NOW'T WRONG WITH THAT ONE !!!) AS A RESULT OF THIS THEY HAD LODGINGS IN THE MOST WRETCHED PARTS OF THE CITY. YOU KNOW HOW EVERY ONE POPPED THEIR CLOGS AT A EARLY AGE ?......THE TOSHERS WERE STRONG, ROBUST AND HEALTHY, AND RARELY BECAME ILL. SOME WERE BETWEEN 60 AND 80 YEARS OF AGE, AND HAD SEARCHED THE SEWERS ALL THEIR LIVES. THEY BELIVED THAT IT WAS THE ODOURS OF THE SEWERS THAT SOMEHOW CONTRIBUTED TO THEIR WELL BEING !!! (THAT GREAT SMELL OF S**T AGAIN !!)

SEWER HUNTERS WERE NOT KNOWN TO EACH OTHER BY THEIR REAL NAMES BUT ALL HAD NICK-NAMES SUCH AS "LANKY BILL" OR "ONE-EYED GEORGE".

THESE TOSHERS SHOW MANY PARALLELS TO WHAT WE DO TODAY ON THE 4-SHORE AND ITS THESE GUYS THAT MOST INTREST ME !!!!!!!!
NOW YOUR ALL THINKING WHY'S HE GOING ON ABOUT THE "TOSHERS" ?????? WELL IMAGINE THIS.........DUNNY, CANADIAN PETER AND MYSELF INVITED TO A VERY SECRET LOCATION "UNDERGROUND".......
A MEDIEVAL SEWER SYSTEM THAT NOBODYS BEEN DOWN FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS...........WE GOT THE KEY AND OFF WE WENT.......(THAMES AND FIELD BECOME REAL "TOSHERS") OR SOMETHING THAT SOUNDS THE SAME !!!!!

REMEMBER,   WHAT YOU DONT SEE IN THESE PICTURES IS ITS "JET BLACK" DOWN THERE !!! ("YOU CAN SEE THE PICS",   COZ THE "FLASH" OF THE CAMERA,   LIGHTS IT ALL UP !!!) ITS ALSO FULL OF MUD AND FROGS (AND THE ODD LEECH TOO !!) AND YOUR STOOPING IN THE BLACKNESS SO YOU DONT BANG YOUR HEAD !!!

JUST THINK TO YOURSELF ???........HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DOWN A SEWER ????.......LET ALONE A FAMOUS MEDIEVAL SYSTEM WHICH NOBODYS BEEN DOWN FOR YEARS !!!!!!   IT WAS A GREAT DAY FOR ALL OF US,   AND THE LOCATION WILL ALWAYS REMAIN A SECRET !!..........JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE PICS..................P.S OLD MAPLE LEAF FOUND OUT HE WAS CLAUSTROPHOBIC TOWARDS THE END, AS WE WENT DOWN A WATER FILLED TUNNEL !!!........"NO ENGLISH BACKBONE" THAT BOY !!!!! SPOS'E HE WOULDNT AS HE'S CANADIAN !!!!!   TOP DAY AND TOP MATES !!!!!
WHAT HAVE I LET MYSELF IN FOR ????
SHOULD HAVE GONE TO JESSOPS !!
"MAPLE LEAF"
WELCOME TO
THE DARK
SIDE !!!!!!!!
IT DOES'NT SHOW FROM THIS ANGLE THAT THIS LADDER IS 300 FEET LONG !!!
JUST REMEMBER YOU CAN SEE IN THESE TUNNEL PICTURES BECAUSE OF THE CAMERA FLASH, "WERE IN THE JET BLACK AND CANT SEE ANYTHING" WITHOUT A TORCH !!!!
ITS ONLY 18 MILES UNDERGROUND.....DONT WORRY !!
I THINK THIS WAS A NAFF IDEA WITH MY CONDITION !!!
GOD !!   IT TELLS OF THE DEATH'S OF THREE BLOKES IN A SEWER,   MANY YEARS AGO.........PARP !!!!   AND LARGE PARP AGAIN !!!
WHATS
THAT
SMELL ??
ITS THE SMELL
OF FEAR........
FROM OLD MAPLE !!
I CAN FEEL THE HEAT FROM
THE EARTHS CORE HERE !!!
I KNEW I SHOULD HAVE DONE A WILL !!
GOING D-O-W-N ! ! !
PARP !!!!
THIS IS WHERE THE CAVE IN WAS......AND DEATH CAN BE FATAL !!!!
WE CAN SAY THAT   "TOSHERS DIDNT HAVE CHILD BEARING HIPS"   IN THOSE DAYS............UNLIKE MAPLE LEAF HERE !!!
W I D E   L O A D
LOOKING UP THESE ARE THE CHUTES FOR THE SERVANT'S TO THROW THE WASTE DOWN..........
ITS GOING DEEPER CHAPS !!!
AND DEEPER.......
ITS GETTING FRIGGING SMALLER !!
"HELP I'M STUCK"!!!
I DONT WANNA DIE.......YOUNG !!
PARP !!!
THERE ARE MANY TYPES OF SHOCK,   THIS IS THE FACIAL EXPRESSION OF A MAN FINDING OUT HE'S "CLAUSTROPHOBIC IN A SMALL JET BLACK SEWER"...............POO POO SPRING'S TO MIND !!!
I KNOW HE'S SCARED,
SO LETS GO DEEPER !!!
"COME ON PETE JUST FOLLOW
ME........DOWN" !!!
THE FLOORS ARE LADEN WITH BONES AND MUCK !!!!
WE RETURN FROM
THE EARTH'S CORE !!
IV'E BEEN TO HELL AND BACK !!!
SO HAS HE'S Y-FRONT'S !!!
THIS IS ABOUT 5 FOOT ABOVE OUR HEADS.....ITS BEEN WEDGED IN THE CHUTE,   AND BACK FILLED TO LOOSE THE ENTRANCE ABOVE..........WE ALL MOVE UNDER THIS ONE AT BREAK NECK SPEED,   BUT MAPLE TRY'S TO GET THE 50 PENCE PIECE UP THAT I SUPER GLUED TO THE FLOOR (UNDER NEATH IT !!!)
DUNNY THINKS THIS HAS BEEN CARVED OUT FOR A CANDLE TO BE PUT IN............
"GOD" THE GREAT SMELL
OF FRESH AIR !!!!
A CHANGE OF PANTS
AND IM A NEW MAN !!!
AHHHHH !!! ITS TAKEN MY SKIN OFF !!!
THAT SMELLS
GONE !!!
YOU CANT SEE THIS,   BUT MAPLES NAKED IN THE BUSHES WITH A JET WASHER.....BLASTING HIS NEVER REGIONS !!!! (NOT A NICE SIGHT !!!!)
THE GATES TO HELL !!!!
THATS ALRIGHT,   COZ IVE
LEFT MY BOOTS DOWN
THERE PETE,   AND YOU CAN GO AND
GET THEM !!!
I WAS BRAVE,
IF I SAY SO MYSELF......."WHAT"!!!
I NEED A TOILET ROLL AND FAST !!!
WHAT DO MEAN
LET'S DO
"SEWERS PART TWO" !!!!
COME BACK HERE,   I WANNA WORD WITH YOU !!!
JUST REMEMBER TO US,   IT WAS "PITCH BLACK" DOWN THERE !!!   (YOU CAN SEE THE PICS AS THE FLASH HAS LIT THE SEWER UP !!) SO IMAGINE WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE IN THESE CRAMPED CONDITIONS AND NOT KNOWING WHATS IN FRONT OF YOU ???? THEN IMAGINE WHAT IT WAS LIKE FOR THE POOR OLD TOSHER, WITH JUST A CANDLE AND THE RATS TRYING TO GET AT YOU, AND UP TO YOUR WAIST IN HUMAN S**T !!!!   AND ALL YOUR DOING IS TRYING TO SCRAPE A LIVING.......WHAT A LIFE.....EH ????
I AM THE
GATEKEEPER !!
"OH, NO"!!!
MAPLE'S
PASSED
OUT !!"
WELL I'M NOT GIV'IN
HIM MOUTH TO
MOUTH !!!
MAPLE WHATS
THAT SMELL ????
PETE...."WHOOOOOOO
I'M COMING
TO GET YOU" !!
ITS THE BOGEY MAN !!!
LOOK AT THE FEAR
ON MAPLES FACE !!!
MUST GET A PIC, FOR THE WEBSITE !!!
THERE COULD BE A SEWER'S TWO.......ITS BEING SORTED AT THE MOMENT,   SO KEEP AN EYE ON THIS PAGE !!!!!
"NO" ITS NOT THE BACK OF PETES UNDERWEAR !!!
SEWER RATS !!!
WE HAD A GREAT TIME DOWN THERE AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE PIC'S,   AND THE ONLY THING THAT GOT LEFT DOWN THERE WAS MAPLE'S Y-FRONT'S (MORE SKID MARK'S THEN THE STARTING GRID AT BRANDS HATCH !!!)
THEN IT GOT WET !!! REAL WET !!! AND A LITTLE BIT DANGEROUS TO GO ON ANY FURTHER !!!
HAVE YOU GOT THE BOTTLE TO BE A SEWER HUNTER ??? IF SO,   GIVE THE CREW £10000 POUNDS (MADE OUT TO "DUNNYS OFF SHORE ACCOUNT" !!!) AND A ONCE IN A LIFE TIME TRIP CAN BE YOUR'S !!!.........£15000 ALSO GETS YOU THE FULL BUFFET MEAL TOO !!! (CHEESE SANDWICH,   AND A PACKET OF CRISPS !!!) WHEELCHAIR USERS WELCOME...........NOT !!!
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