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Report - Ingarsby / Thurnby tunnel, Leicester, Mar13

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by The Wombat, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. The Wombat

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    Ingarsby Tunnel, also known as Thurnby tunnel or sometimes Square Spinney tunnel lies to the east of Leicester. Opened in 1882, and closed in 1964.

    It has been backfilled at the eastern portal, but the western end is still accessible. An enourmous sheet of steel has been installed over the portal to create a bat refuge, and the the local painters have left their mark both inside and out. There was allegedly 2 airshafts (?), but only one still stands today.

    I’ve thrown in a few photos from last summer, but most are from our recent night visit. Had an unpleasant experience at the end of the visit when my Main torch finally died, plunging us into darkness, leaving us with my backup torch to find our way back out.
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    thanks for looking!
     
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  2. alantheskinhead

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    I lived near there on the Uppingham Road for nearly 35 years. We often played in the tunnel and I remember been able to walk though it. I also remember it having the sleepers and track down. You could walk nearly all the way to Marefield Junction and Viaduct. You could also walk back into Leicester at the back of Dalby Avenue....to Telford Way and then on to the junction of Colechester and Goodwood Road. We lived at 337 and the railway ran at the back of our garden between Wicklow Rd and the park. Also more often or not the area was flooded due to the aquaduct leaking. Also the old signal/workers refuge was still intact then at the opening to the tunnel.
     
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    Got some nice snaps there fella!
     
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  4. The Wombat

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    Thanks for sharing your memories. This is an old thread of mine, but I have returned quite a few times, as it is still an old favourite of mine.
    Any idea why and when the eastern portal was infilled? Never found any information about that on research.



    Thanks mate :)
     
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