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Airshaft to Brindley's canal tunnel near Woodstock Road, Kidsgrove
a long remaining airshaft to Brindley's canal tunnel
Brindley's Harecastle Tunnel took from
1766 to 1777 to complete - eleven years in all - it took 600 miners and
masons and was built using a line of shafts that were dug across the
length of the tunnel, then these were joined together to form the
tunnel. The shafts dug ranged from 210 to 240 feet deep.
Miners were lowered down on ropes to dig, and the builders were fraught with many a hazard, from bad air in the shafts, water ingress into the tunnel, to quicksands, the build up of gasses from coal seams, to the encounter of rock harder than anything that he had ever come across before, such as granite and millstone grit. Many of the miners lost their lives in the building process.
Needless to say, the tunnel is not very high - and not very wide either. The Leggers would be workers who hung around the tunnel entrance and would get paid for each boat they "legged" through the tunnel. The speed they went at often depended on the "extra's" they received for the work
the line of the Trent & Mersey Canal and the location of the air shaft
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the air shaft in a field close to Woodstock Road, Kidsgrove
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the historic boatman's walk to Kidsgrove
James Brindley - 'bad planning or pioneer of transport engineering?'
Boathouse Road, Goldenhill