People of Bristol, what are these?

Discussion in 'Bristol and South West' started by i_hate_beckham, Nov 21, 2017.

  1. i_hate_beckham

    i_hate_beckham Him From A Village

    Only noticed them since moving to St Paul's and am confused, it's been doing my head in. I would Google it but don't know what to type in.

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  2. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    mini stink pipes?
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  3. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    Never seen one and I walk/cycle through St Pauls quite often. Where is it?
  4. Enviro

    Enviro Make your assessment

    I've recently become a person of Bristol but don't know the answer.

    My first thought was air quality monitor. If that was the case you'd probably see some tubes or a little funnel or something inside it.
  5. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    it's a tardis gone wrong
  6. DaveCinzano


    They're all over the place, not just in St. Paul's!
  7. 2hats


    Those are typically larger units. Eg:
  8. DaveCinzano


    I always thought they were ventilation shafts or similar for people working underground - there are innumerable tunnels, sewers and whatnot under the city - the river Frome running under the Centre, past Bridewell then all the way to the M32 in Eastville.
  9. strung out

    strung out (",)

    Underground electricity substations
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  10. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Luxury student flats.

    That's normally the answer in bristol.
  11. Casual Observer

    Casual Observer binoculars

    Worst lava lamp I've ever seen.
    S☼I and Chemical needs like this.
  12. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    i think thats an air quality testing thing?
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  13. Orang Utan


    i think they might be banksy detectors
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  14. 2hats


    Yes, hence the quoted post in the reply.
  15. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    ah right. im not well today, dont mind me
  16. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    I've never seen one in my 30 years of living here.
  17. i_hate_beckham

    i_hate_beckham Him From A Village

    Here is another example in Portland Square, only this one is kicking out warm air.

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  18. hermitical

    hermitical Well-Known Member

    from a caving forum:

    "A lot of them are vents to underground substations. The air coming out is rather warm, heated up by the transformers beneath the pavement. There is a good example at the bottom of Cranbrook Rd, another at the Gloucester Rd end of Sommerville Rd.

    However, Graham is quite correct about the drainiage system. The Northern Storm Water Interceptor runs from Eastville, under Montpellier, under The Arches, under Clifton and flows out into the Avon Gorge at Black Rocks. This too has vents along it's length. If you look on the grass verge opposite Bristol Zoo, there is a strange little concrete and wooden construction. This is for access to said tunnel."
    What's lurking under Bristol? - Caving Chat -
  19. i_hate_beckham

    i_hate_beckham Him From A Village

    Thank you. It had been driving us mad.
  20. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

  21. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    There are reddit posts about those vents. Popular answer was they provided air to the secret sunken city under Bristol immic.
  22. Opera Buffa

    Opera Buffa griddling

    You get yellow ones in Henleaze. No idea what they do.
  23. xenon

    xenon Radical efficiencies

    Can't see the pics but if these are the bin sized things. There's one near me. It stinks of underground hot dusty air. Just a vent. There's loads of holes under Bristol.

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