West Portal Of Box Tunnel

Date:
20 Aug 1999
Location:
West Portal Of Box Tunnel, London Road, Box, North Wiltshire, Wiltshire, SN13 8ES
Reference:
IOE01/00078/34
Type:
Photograph (Digital)
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Description

This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

ST 8268 BOX LONDON ROAD

3/177 West portal of Box Tunnel

II*

Tunnel entrance, c1840 by I.K. Brunel for Great Western Railway.

Ashlar classical entrance flanked by ashlar curving abutments.

Projecting centre with rusticated quoins, heavy bracket cornice and top balustrade with blank centre panel. Moulded tunnel archway with console keystone and panelled spandrels. Set back piers each side with simplified cornice and plain parapet. The entrance to 2,964 metre tunnel constructed 1836-41 with work force of between 1200 and 4000 men, the longest tunnel on the Great Western Railway.

(Biddle and Nock: The Railway Heritage of Britain 1983 pp 224 and 232.)

Listing NGR: ST8292768905

Content

This is part of the Series: IOE\Aplin_Kim IOE Records for Aplin, Kim; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England

Rights

Copyright IoE Mr Kim Aplin. Source Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

People & Organisations

Photographer: Aplin, Kim

Rights Holder: Aplin, Kim

Keywords

Ashlar, Georgian Tunnel Portal, Victorian Transport, Tunnel, Unassigned