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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1390828



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Newcastle upon Tyne

District Type: Metropolitan Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 11-May-2004

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 492234

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1833/0/10227 Victoria Tunnel 11-MAY-04

GV II Underground tramway tunnel, later used as air-raid shelter. Constructed for the Leazes Main Colliery 1839-42, converted 1939. Brick and rubble stone. This tunnel is two miles long, dropping a total of 222feet from the Colliery to the coal staithes on the River Tyne. The original round arched tunnel is approxiamately two meters high with the lower walls mainly constructed of rubble stone, the upper sections of the walling and the barrel vault are brick. Sections of the tunnel have been adapted as airraid shelters. This has meant the opening of various new entrances, the widening of some small sections and the insertion of blast walls at various intervals. Toilets, washrooms, bunk beds and electricity were introduced into the tunnel at this time but most evidence of these features has now been lost. The engineer was Mr Gilleslpie, the leading miner John Cherry and the builder David Nixon. The colliery closed in 1860. Certain sections of the tunnel were coverted for use as air-raid shelters from 1939. This is a very rare and unusual tramway tunnel built to provide a direct route for the coal from the colliery to its shipping point on the banks of the Tyne.

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National Grid Reference: NZ 25028 64901


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