Trent and Mersey Canal Tunnel portals, Tunstall, Stoke on Trent
This is one of a pair of canal tunnel portals. It was built in 1824-7 by Thomas Telford. It's pair was built in 1866-7. The whole canal was one of the earliest canals built. It was built by James Brindley and also supported by the potter and industrialist Josiah Wedgwood. Both men could see the benefits of being able to move raw materials and finished goods cheaply and easily along the water.