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Description: West Portal of Box Tunnel
Date Listed: 24 July 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 317041
OS Grid Reference: ST8292768905
OS Grid Coordinates: 382927, 168905
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4189, -2.2469
ST 8268 BOX LONDON ROAD
3/177 West portal of Box Tunnel
Tunnel entrance, c1840 by I.K. Brunel for Great Western Railway.
Ashlar classical entrance flanked by ashlar curving abutments.
Projecting centre with rusticated quoins, heavy bracket cornice and
top balustrade with blank centre panel. Moulded tunnel archway
with console keystone and panelled spandrels. Set back piers each
side with simplified cornice and plain parapet. The entrance to
2,964 metre tunnel constructed 1836-41 with work force of between
1200 and 4000 men, the longest tunnel on the Great Western Railway.
(Biddle and Nock: The Railway Heritage of Britain 1983 pp 224 and
Listing NGR: ST8292768905
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Source: English Heritage
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