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Alden Avenue, Morley Tunnel Ventilation Shaft (Morley)
Colour imageUndated. View of one of the four ventilation shaft outlets that were built along the nearly two mile long route of Morley Tunnel. Originally it stood on its own in the middle of a field on Hopewell Farm, but this farm has now been transformed into a modern housing estate. The ventilation shaft is both taller and wider than a pair of houses. From ground level downwards it would be solid rock and this had to be dug down about 400 feet to get to the depth of the tunnel. All this excavated material plus that from the tunnel and three other ventilation shafts would have to be brought to the surface and distributed over the nearby landscape. Clay and sandstone were piled in heaps all over. The demand for paving stone, stone setts, building stone and bricks for houses etc. by private contractors and the Local Board over the 40 years after the tunnel was completed helped to diminish the mounds of material it left behind. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Alden Avenue, Morley Tunnel, Ventilation Shaft (Morley) (1 comment)
Colour imageDecember 1994. View of the Morley Tunnel Ventilation Shaft on the Hopewell Farm estate. One of four ventilation shafts serving the tunnel, it had originally stood alone in a field on Hopewell Farm, but is now in the middle of a modern housing estate. The main road in the picture is Alden Avenue, with Alden Close leading off by the side of the shaft. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Belle Isle Beck (Hunslet) (2 comments)
Black & White image17th August 1949. View shows Belle Isle Beck with a park to the left and a path running alongside. A grate blocking off a tunnel is in the foreground. A fence is in the background and a house can be seen to the right.
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Bramhope Tunnel Memorial, Church Lane (Otley) (3 comments)
Colour imageOctober 2003 Also known as the Navvy's Monument, the Bramhope Tunnel in Church Lane commemmorates the 23 men who lost their lives during the construction of the Bramhope Tunnel on the Leeds and Thirsk railway. It was built between 1845 and 1849 and the monument is a replica of the northern portal entrance. Originally the monument was built in Caen stone at a cost of £300 but it became eroded and decayed and had to be replaced in the early 1900s.
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Bramhope Tunnel Memorial, Church Lane (Otley)
Colour imageOctober 2003 View of the Bramhope Tunnel Memorial in Church Lane built in remembrance of all the men who were killed in the construction of the Bramhope Tunnel on the Leeds and Thirsk railway. This castellated stone building is a replica of the tunnels northern portal entrance. The Bramhope Tunnel opened in 1849 and took several years to build during which time 23 men lost their lives. There were so many injuries at the site that a specially sprung cart was provided for Leeds Infirmary to take casualties the seven miles to the hospital. The tunnel itself is 2 miles and 243 yards long, 25 feet high. At peak times during its construction as many as 2300 men and 400 horses were employed. There were quarrymen, stonemasons, tunnel men, labourers and carpenters all living in makeshift accommodation in a field opposite Bramhope Cemetery.
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