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Description: Tunnel Portal in the John Smith Playing Field
Date Listed: 11 April 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 183050
OS Grid Reference: SD6115537821
OS Grid Coordinates: 361155, 437821
Latitude/Longitude: 53.8352, -2.5917
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SD 611 378 LONGRIDGE OFF CHAIGLEY ROAD
in the John Smith
7/121A Tunnel Portal
West portal of a tunnel, which is now blocked at the other end, dated 1839. Sandstone.
The centre piece of the portal is flat on plan and projects a little between abutments
which curve forward. All the masonry is rusticated and rock-faced. The tunnel is,
apparently, an elliptical tube of coursed stone, and the voussoirs of the entrance
are individually rusticated and rock-faced under a plan projecting string course.
The taller keystone bears a panel incised with the letters P & L
Overall is a smoother-faced blocking course (of single stones over the centre piece
and of three shallow courses over the abutments) and a flat coping.
Many of the stones bear masons' marks.
History: built for the Preston and Longridge Railway Company's line from Tootle
Height Quarry which was opened in 1840. The chairman was Sir Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood
(to whom the initials FHP are said to refer).
Listing NGR: SD6115337826
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Source: English Heritage
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