Underground River

A once bustling textile milling town (and the fourth largest city in Britain), Bradford sits atop its only significant body of water. Since the 19th Century, the Bradford Beck - as the local river is known - has been culverted beneath the city via a series of interconnected tunnels known as the Macro. Unsurprisingly, this has made this Yorkshire town a favorite for urban explorers, as this Flickr Set suggests.

We learned about Bradford's Macro from the always fascinating Urban Ghosts Media, who recently featured a article on the subterranean Bradford with some pretty tripped-out photos and a quick breakdown of how such an extensive network of tunnels came to exist below a proper metropolitan center.

All photographs reproduced with the kind permission of Joe Stenson. Check out more of Joe's work on his Flickr account!

Categories: urban exploration

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