Grand Western Canal Structures

Way Town Tunnel


Bridge Name:   Way Town Tunnel
No.:   26 A
Location:   National Grid Reference: ST 07029 19112
Build Date:   1810 – 1814
Engineer:   John Rennie

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Grey-coloured limestone ashlar. Either end of the tunnel the canal is running through a deep cutting. Here however a ridge carrying the then main road to Wellington was left and a tunnel excavated through it. Either end is a low round-headed arch and the lower sides of the ridge are revetted with a projecting band across the top. The towpath ramps up to the road and down the other side. The barges were presumably pushed through by walking along the low roof of the tunnel. Grade ii listed structure Listing NGR: ST07029191121sup>/p>
References:   1. English Heritage List entry Number: 1325913