Deep in the bow­els of Stand­edge

HUD­DER­S­FIELD NAR­ROW

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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.

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