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Tunnel shaft at Dunton Bassett

Tunnel shaft at Dunton Bassett

L1330. S. W. A. Newton's notes have this location as 'Dunton tunnel shaft (north end)', and the image was indeed captured above the northern portal of Dunton Bassett tunnel. The wooden structure provides a frame for access to the tunnel - both for workers and equipment. A ladder can be seen emerging from the top, but winches and pulleys could be positioned over the shaft to raise and lower tools and materials. The tunnel was constructed by Topham, Jones & Railton who built this section of the railway between Aylestone and Rugby.
Publisher
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorpersonalname - Newton, S. W. A.
Datecreation - circa 1897
TypePhotographic prints - Black & White
Photographs - 
Formatdimension.H - 118mm
dimension.W - 161mm
IdentifierNewton - E 1/7
SourceS. W. A. Newton Collection - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
LanguageEN
Relationpart of - S. W. A. Newton Collection
copy of - glass plate negative
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Dunton Basset tunnel, Leicestershire (O.S. Ref: 455200 290100
period - circa 1897
Location.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
RightsLeicestershire County Council