The Incredible Dyslexic Manhole Cover

This oddity is in Greenwich Park, just opposite the new entrance to Maritime Museum, under a horse chestnut tree where the middle path joins the path running along outside the museum. Andrew passes it two or three times a week. Try clicking on the image and spot the deliberate mistake.

Andrew is surprised that no one’s ever noticed it, but let’s face it – when you’re walking though Greenwich Park, you’re mainly looking at the view. If you’re looking at the ground it’s to spot potential doggy hazards, not spelling mistakes in manhole covers.

What’s really bizarre though, is that there are several of these covers, and only this one appears to be wonky. I always assumed something like this would be mass-produced, but this drain cover is proud to stand alone. Even a dodgy batch would be hard to consider – surely they don’t create new moulds for each lot?

TBH I don’t know much anything about the manufacture of cast iron manhole covers. Mr Wikipedia tells me they’re made by sand casting ┬ábut even that doesn’t explain an individual spelling mistake.

Andrew – I suspect you may be the first person to have noticed this Greenwich anomaly – including the workmen who fitted it – I can’t imagine they’d have looked pretty hard at what they were plonking over a drain. Congratulations. It could be unique – and if so perhaps it’s a Collector’s Item.

Wow. I think we should put a round-the-clock police guard on it, just to make sure no crazy-cover-collectors hear about it and get a bit light-fingered. Who’s want a Henry Moore when there’s a unique drain-cover lying there just asking to be lifted…

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7 Comments to “The Incredible Dyslexic Manhole Cover”

  1. 58frankh says:

    Think tha’t aluminium, not cast iron. Probably a different bit of wikipedia

  2. But isn’t aluminum really light? Wouldn’t it blow away? I confess I was never much cop at materials science…

  3. ohp says:

    If this has been made by sand casting, then a wooden pattern will be placed in a box, then sand is packed around the pattern (this is normally done in 2 halves), which will then be removed, and the void filled with molten iron. The sand mould is then destroyed.

    I reckon the wooden pattern is a general purpose one, and has a space for reconfigurable lettering on it for different cover messages/warnings etc. I could imagine that they might do a small batch of these before realising their mistake.

  4. 58frankh says:

    Quite strong enough if you press ridges into it. When you walk down the aisle on a plane you are certainly not walking on cast iron (or even wood). Wickes will sell you an aluminimum cover if you want to experiment.

  5. Chris says:

    I reckon ohp may have it.

    The lettering is quite wonky indicating that the typeface was not permanent.

  6. Robert Number 16 says:

    Deer Fantom
    Wat a brilant porst storie

  7. Andrew says:

    If Ohp is right, then there must be others – a few anyway- somewhere in the borough. Keep your eyes peeled…..