Blisworth Tunnel,Grand Union Canal by carolmw

Blisworth Tunnel,Grand Union Canal

I accidently deleted this shot,so I'm re-posting it.
Work began in 1793, but errors by contractor left a wiggle in the tunnel, and after three years work it collapsed due to quicksand, claiming the lives of 14 men. It was then decided to begin again with a new tunnel.

By the time the rest of the Grand Junction Canal had opened between London and Braunston, Northamptonshire in 1800, apart from the crossing of the River Great Ouse, the section of canal from Blisworth to the lower end of Stoke Bruerne locks was the only section unfinished. This was despite the tunnel having been under construction for seven years: the gap was filled by a temporary horse-drawn tramway over the top of the hill, with goods being transported from boat to wagon and back again. The tramway, built in 1801, was Northamptonshire's first railway. In March 1805, the tunnel was finally opened and the rails were used to connect the main line of the canal to the River Nene until the branch canal to Northampton was constructed.

Until the 1870s travel through the tunnel was only achieved by men lying on their backs pushing the boats with their feet (legging). From 1871, steam tugs were used to pull boats through, and extra ventilation shafts were installed. Boaters wishing to avoid the extra cost involved in using the tugs could still leg their boats through, but by the 1930s motor boats (towing a butty boat) were common so the practice would have been unusual especially by the time the film Painted Boats was filmed there in 1944.

Due to changes in the shape of the tunnel over time, the tunnel became unnavigable. There was major rebuilding of the tunnel in the 1980s, with sections lined with pre-cast concrete rings. It was also used to test out the materials that were later used on the Channel Tunnel. An unused ring is on display near the south portal.
Many thanks for all your views,comments and favs,always much appreciated.
I really like this in sepia and the storyline is fascinating Fav
November 20th, 2019  
Wonderful capture, processing!!
November 20th, 2019  
bep
Lovely edited and interesting story.
November 20th, 2019  
This is a great image and fascinating history. Fav
November 20th, 2019  
Lovely sepia tones
November 20th, 2019  
A lovely vintage feel to this photo and fascinating history, fav
November 20th, 2019  
wonderful image!
November 20th, 2019  
I lived near there many years ago....in Towcester. Like the processing.
November 20th, 2019  
Nice edit in sepia...fav
November 20th, 2019  
Looks like a scene from yesteryear. Lovely capture.
November 20th, 2019  
Superb photo and narrative
November 20th, 2019  
I like the sepia and appreciate the history. Very interesting!
November 20th, 2019  
Fascinating - you've created just the right period feel for this image.
November 20th, 2019  
Fantastic shot
November 20th, 2019  
Good choice to post this in sepia it really has a vintage fell to it.
November 20th, 2019  
How interesting and a good shot too. Fav!
November 20th, 2019  
Fav, Thanks for all the information.
November 20th, 2019  
Nicely captured
November 21st, 2019  
Joy
Great sepia shot, Fav
November 21st, 2019  
Great story and processing!
November 21st, 2019  
Very attractive scene! I like the tones.
November 21st, 2019  
I like how you've processed this.
November 21st, 2019  
Great use of sepia on this very nice image.
November 21st, 2019  
Interesting facts and great image - fav
November 21st, 2019  
Beautiful capture and great story.
November 21st, 2019  
Well done and very interesting.
November 25th, 2019  
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