Deep in the bowels of Standedge
THE 200-YEAR-OLD Standedge Tunnel on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal is pictured undergoing an important health check, with engineers from the Canal & River Trust painstakingly inspecting the three-and-a quarter miles of Britain’s longest and deepest canal tunnel.
Engineers spent three days underground inching their way through the dark. High-powered lighting was brought in to illuminate the roof so that any cracks or deterioration could be identified and repairs planned.
The Tunnel took 17 years to dig and was completed in 1811. It cost the lives of 50 men and more than £123,000 – the equivalent of £8.8 million in today’s money.
For details of winter works see our diary on page 66.