Normanton Park's mystery brick shafts

Left: Dr John Kwok, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, at one of the shafts. Above: A Ficus tree growing over what appears to be a well or an underground shaft at Normanton Park.
Dr John Kwok, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, at one of the shafts. ST PHOTOS: MARK CHEONG
Left: Dr John Kwok, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, at one of the shafts. Above: A Ficus tree growing over what appears to be a well or an underground shaft at Normanton Park.
A Ficus tree growing over what appears to be a well or an underground shaft at Normanton Park.ST PHOTOS: MARK CHEONG

Heritage enthusiasts speculate about origin and purpose of four underground shafts

Some long-time dwellers of Normanton Park, most of whose residents have vacated their homes after a successful collective sale last year, have flagged the existence of four little-known brick shafts lying along the estate's perimeter.

All four shafts plunge into the dark, to depths of about 6m to 8m, or about two storeys deep.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 30, 2018, with the headline 'Normanton Park's mystery brick shafts'. Print Edition | Subscribe