SJ8219 : Cowley Tunnel south of Gnosall, Staffordshire

taken 7 years ago, near to Gnosall Heath, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Cowley Tunnel south of Gnosall, Staffordshire
Cowley Tunnel south of Gnosall, Staffordshire
This is the south portal of the tunnel. It bears the number 33, as if it were just one of the many bridges across the canal. The headlight of an approaching narrowboat can be seen in the tunnel.

Originally called the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal, it was opened in 1835, engineered by Thomas Telford. In order to make the route as straight (and short) as possible with the technology of his time, the canal was built on many embankments, and through many cuttings, some very deep. Merger with competing railways in 1845 resulted in the present name of the Shropshire Union Canal.

At Gnosall Heath, the tunnel is only 74 metres long. Telford originally planned that it should be 630 metres in length, but during the construction in 1831, he encountered unexpected dangerous faults in the sandstone rock, so a long deep cutting was the compromise. The tunnel itself is unlined (with bricks), the bare rock in it being safe and solid.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 24 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Friday, 10 February, 2012
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 824 196 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:46.4744N 2:15.6909W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 825 196
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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