SD8203 : Heaton Park Tunnel

taken 5 years ago, near to Prestwich, Bury, Great Britain

Heaton Park Tunnel
Heaton Park Tunnel
The Heaton Park Tunnel was constructed during the 19th century when the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway’s line between Manchester and Radcliffe was being laid. Lord Wilton, the owner of the estate at that time, was not prepared to see his estate disfigured by a railway and insisted on the trains going under his estate and not in a cutting.

Although known as Heaton Park Tunnel it should, perhaps, be more correctly described as a covered way as it was not constructed by tunnelling but was dug out and then roofed over. It is possibly the shallowest railway tunnel in the UK. At one point, the top of the brick arch is less than two feet underground.

The 713-yards tunnel and a railway station (now Heaton Park Metrolink station) adjacent to the park’s Whittaker Lane/Bury Old Road entrance were opened in 1879.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 8 March, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 12 March, 2014
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Suburb, Urban fringe  Railways 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8257 0371 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:31.7853N 2:15.8648W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 82476 03761
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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Tram  Tunnel  Tramway  Metrolink  Railway Tunnel  Nineteenth Century  19th Century  Victorian  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway  LYR 

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