Navvies building Totley tunnel, 1893

Navvies building Totley tunnel, 1893

Title: Navvies building Totley tunnel, 1893

Date: 1912-09-02

Place: Grindleford, Derbyshire, England

Description: Construction of Totley Tunnel from the site of Grindleford station, Derbyshire, 29 August 1893. The tunnel was on a Midland Railway line between Dore and Chinley. This line established trading links between the two towns. It also meant that people could visit the Dark Peak area more easily and the number of visitors to the area increased. The tunnel is 3 miles long and took 5 years to build. Navvies were brought into the village of Grindleford to build the tunnel. Because of the poor living conditions they had to endure diseases were rife, and many workers died from smallpox in 1893.

Our reference: 1997-7397_DY_230

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