You know the fenced off building site area in the Pavilion Gardens, right? Now this is not explained or signposted… but if you sneak a look and peek through the fencing, just to the left of the entrance to Brighton Museum, you’ll see they’ve dug a large, long trench which seems to uncover a huge pipe-shaped (roof-shaped?) thing, running directly towards the Royal Pavilion.
Here’s a photograph of the trench, which I took through the railings, in a gap in the green building site cloth.
So what on earth is that, just underneath the surface? I reckon it’s a very rare glimpse from above ground of one of the Royal Pavilion’s infamous secret underground tunnels, which has been exposed as they do repair work, either on the pipework around it, or on the roof of the tunnel itself. This looks way too big to be a sewage pipe or just housing for cables; in fact it looks a perfect size for human beings doing some sneaking from one building to another. Given George IV’s surreptitious history, anyway.
No, I haven’t actually asked anyone; I don’t want to spoilt the mystery with the truth, if it turns out to be a boring cellar or full of poo.
But if you make it down to the Pavilion Gardens while this building work is still ongoing, before they cover everything up again, take a peak through the fencing and judge for yourself: perhaps we’re the first people to ever see that bit of secret passageway roof, since it was built.
Chris T-T, Blogger in Residence