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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:34 am 
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Have moved into a Victorian terrace town house in north London and have come across some strange pipes (old cast iron?) pipes and a ceramic type pipe. Wanted to ask of anyone new what they could be and what I should do next..........perhaps the only answer is to dig more!
The ceramic pipe is towards the back of the garden and was buried in a raised bed - it looks like an old drain pipe. Out of the top is a smaller cast iron pipe which was also buried below the surface. The tops of both are covered/blocked with soil. I dug down a foot or two and the ceramic pipe seems to be rock solid and it's pretty heavy going with lots of bricks/rubble etc making progress slow. I'm hoping it's not actually connected to the drains. It's about 25feet away from the house.
In addition, I have 3 (approx. 2 inch diameter) cast iron pipes next to the side wall of the garden that stick above the raised beds by a couple of feet. They too seem rock solid.
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Has anyone come across these before or got any thoughts?
Should I be contacting the water board about the ceramic type pipe?


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No expert but yellow underground pipe I would check with gas utility co as well as yellow pipe marking is supposed to be gas oil steam or petroleum. could there be an old tank down there? oil water ?


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I was wondering if it was an old outhouse sewer pipe. These old Victorian houses had outside toilets and a washhouse in the garden and yours could have been demolished. It looks like a sewer pipe to me capped with a vent of sorts. Have any adjacent properties got an outhouse in a similar position?

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doubt that its gas, whers the yellow pipe, or a tank, the salt glaze upstand istypical for drainage as said above.this arrangement is usuly seen venting a lateral/main sewer house trap with a FAI near to but yours is in the wrong position. do you now how your drainage leaves your property?the metal pipes are black steel.

have you opened the nearest manhole and looked for a spare inlet?

you could slowly dig further and exppose what the upstand is connected to


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I was thinking the steel pipes are to hold the old (now gone) fence.

The other big pipe, I too was thinking of ventilation, but for what? haven't found an anderson shelter have you?

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thanks for the thoughts and suggestions.
No further digging yet..... need some dryer weather.
Can't see any other out-houses in surrounding gardens and I don't seem to have a manhole cover so can't check whats going on down there.


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