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Name:Glenfield Railway Tunnel
HER Ref:MLE16076
Parish:Glenfield, Blaby, Leicestershire
Grid Reference:SK 553 063
Map:Coming soon

Monument Types

  • RAILWAY TUNNEL (Late Post-medieval to Modern - 1832 AD to 2050 AD)

Summary

The Glenfield Tunnel, which was 1 mile 36 yds long, was the longest in the world when it opened in 1832. Gates were installed because the locals found it too fascinating! A new line bypassed it in 1849 since it was not possible to double the track.

Additional Information

<1> Leleux, Robin, 1984, A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Volume 9, The East Midlands, p84-86 (Bibliographic reference). SLE409.


<2> Pevsner N, 1984, The Buildings of England Leicestershire and Rutland, p162 (Bibliographic reference). SLE4.


<3> Hinton, Keith & Wallis, Anna, 2007, Photographic survey of Glenfield Railway Tunnel, Leicester (Unpublished document). SLE3430.

The photographic survey carried out in 2007 provided some insight into the construction of the tunnel. As an early tunnel the lack of experience of building railway tunnels was evident. 'Bad mortar' was apparently used and the bricks were found to be faulty, resulting in the construction of a kiln on site and regular inspections of the brickwork. Also, it was thought that areas would not need to be brick lined due to the tunnel cutting through rock - unexpected deposits of sand resulted in the whole tunnel being lined in brick. During the course of the survey it was apparent that the mortar had eroded badly throughout the tunnel, resulting in numerous repairs. Inconsistencies of approach were noted, perhaps caused by different work teams: in some areas the arch and walls were built as one construction, in others they were separate. Also, Both English and Flemish bond were used, rather than a single bond. Numbers, words and symbols were noted, drawn on the walls in white paint.


<4> 2011, The Leicester to Swannington Update 2010: Compendium (Unpublished document). SLE5058.

Sources

<1>Bibliographic reference: Leleux, Robin. 1984. A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Volume 9, The East Midlands. p84-86.
<2>Bibliographic reference: Pevsner N. 1984. The Buildings of England Leicestershire and Rutland. p162.
<3>Unpublished document: Hinton, Keith & Wallis, Anna. 2007. Photographic survey of Glenfield Railway Tunnel, Leicester.
<4>Unpublished document: 2011. The Leicester to Swannington Update 2010: Compendium.

Associated Finds

    None recorded

Designations

  • Listed Building (II) 1361059: TUNNEL ENTRANCE, STEPHENSON COURT, GLENFIELD
  • Listed Building (II) 1361057: TUNNEL VENTILATION SHAFT ADJACENT TO FRONT BOUNDARY OF NO 25, FAIRFIELD CRESCENT, GLENFIELD
  • Listed Building (II) 1074711: TUNNEL VENTILATION SHAFT ADJACENT TO GARAGE OF NO. 12, TREDINGTON ROAD, GLENFIELD
  • Listed Building (II) 1074709: TUNNEL VENTILATION SHAFT APPROX 20M SOUTH OF NO. 11, GLENFIELD FRITH DRIVE
  • Listed Building (II) 1074708: TUNNEL VENTILATION SHAFT TO REAR OF PLOT BETWEEN NOS 46 & 50, APPROX 20 METRES NORTH EAST OF NO 46, FAIRFIELD CRESCENT, GLENFIELD

Images

Glenfield railway tunnel  © Leicestershire County Council

Glenfield railway tunnel © Leicestershire County Council