There must be billions of them in the world. We pass them every day. We walk on them. We do not take any notice of them. They are heavy, and usually made of cast iron. They come in many different shapes, sizes and patterns. Look, and you will find them everywhere.

What are they? MANHOLE COVERS, that provide access to local service systems such as water, electricity, gas, and telecommunications.

Post photos of any interesting ones you find here.

Location: Sigean, France
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Comment by Sil on June 23, 2021 at 10:04am

Manhole cover covered by snow...

Comment by Bradford on June 23, 2021 at 2:30am

Alan Brignull,

I thought it stood for "The Hole Within Which / Some Venture".

Comment by Irene Sosa on June 22, 2021 at 5:10pm

Comment by Alan Brignull on June 22, 2021 at 5:01pm

Tendring Hundred Water Works, Stop Valve

Comment by Raphael Nadolny on June 22, 2021 at 12:48pm

In Poland, hot tropical weather ....

Comment by Diana Hale on June 21, 2021 at 8:04pm

Battery Park Book Exchange, Asheville, NC, USA

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on June 21, 2021 at 6:04pm


Ain't they sweet?

And here they are with their big brother or sister

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on June 21, 2021 at 12:53pm

Tiny brass:

ΔΘ #344 : belonging to Dimos Thessaloniki, (City of Thess.)

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on June 21, 2021 at 12:43pm

me thinks some are surveyors' markers?

They are often brass and tiny, smaller than a bottle cap.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on June 21, 2021 at 12:40pm

Tiny street metal in Thessaloniki:


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