Western portal - Islington Tunnel, London UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member MrPirateCat
N 51° 32.088 W 000° 06.900
30U E 700084 N 5713245
Quick Description: This is the western portal of the Islington Tunnel in London, England.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 9/25/2012 5:33:35 PM
Waymark Code: WMFBZ9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MeerRescue
Views: 9

Long Description:
The Islington Canal was authorized by Act of Parliament on 13 July 1812, and a month later James Morgan, who had previously produced plans and sections to support the application, was appointed as Engineer, Architect and Land Surveyor for the scheme.

The tunnelling contract was given to Daniel Pritchard, who had previous experience building tunnels for the Grand Union Canal at Husbands Bosworth and Crick.

The Islington Tunnel opened in 1818 and as there is no towpath, barges originally had to be legged through the tunnel. In 1826 it was upgraded with a steam tug attached to a continuous chain on the canal bed which would heave barges through. This system remained for over one hundred years until the 1930s, when it was replaced with a diesel engine, which is today no longer in use.

Source: Wikipedia
Is the Tunnel in Use?: In Use

Which End is this Entrance?: West

Date Constructed: 7/13/1812

Length of Tunnel: 878 metres

Construction Material: stone with brick lining

Associated Website: [Web Link]

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