Friday, November 24, 2006

Clapham Stinkpipes

Here is the text from the Clapham Historical Society's newsletter, about stinkpipes.
Sewage Vent Pipes - otherwise known as Stench Pipes

At a recent meeting of the Lambeth Council Environment Scrutiny Committee, a question was asked about responsibility for the maintenance of stench pipes, which are part of the main sewage system. From discussions it became clear that there are 158 of these pipes in Lambeth but neither the Council nor Thames Water, who are responsible for the sewage system, know where they are! Without knowing where they are, no maintenance can be undertaken nor can the pipes be taken into account by the Planning Department when making decisions on buildings.
The Society has therefore decided to provide help to the hard-pressed authorities by running a light-hearted Easter hunt of ‘Spot the Stench Pipe’. Aprize will be presented to the Society member who can find the greatest number of stench pipes in the Clapham area by 30 April. The location of pipes should be listed and sent to the Editor of the Newsletter to arrive before the closing date. (Hint - look for
straight pipes that are taller than lamp-posts, but with no light on the top!). The winner will be announced in the newsletter and presented
with a Stinking Bishop cheese at the Society’s summer party. Good hunting!

Stinkpipe News

It's not a good time of year for Stinkpipe spotting. The dark evenings do not lend themselves to photography, especially for such a difficult subject as stinkpipes. So new entries will not appear too often, until next spring that is. In the meantime these articles have turned up.