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Description: Sapperton Canal Tunnel (South Entrance) on Former Thames and Severn Canal
Date Listed: 4 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 129293
OS Grid Reference: SO9661300600
OS Grid Coordinates: 396613, 200600
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7041, -2.0504
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SO 90 SE
at NGR 96620058
2/1 Sapperton Canal Tunnel (south
entrance) on former Thames
and Severn Canal
(formerly listed in Sapperton Parish)
GV II *
South entrance to Sapperton Canal Tunnel. 1789, restored in c1980,
bronze inscription plaque in centre reads: "Coates Portal Sapperton
Tunnel 1789/" (rest indecipherable). Engineer Robert Whitworth. Rock faced
and vermiculated masonry in very large blocks, coursed, with freestone dressings.
Semi-circular arch about 1.5m high at apex from towpath, with
keystone and voussoirs set into band. Flanking arch are round-
headed niches with blind roundel over, engaged Doric columns with
entablature rising to string course running across top with
brackets below. Domed cap above, over each column and central
nearly square panel with scrolled decoration to each side and
moulded cornice in shape of very shallow pediment. Face of portal
breaks forward to outer side of columns. At time of construction this was
the longest tunnel in the world.
Listing NGR: SO9661300600
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Source: English Heritage
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