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Report - 1880 Channel Tunnel Attempt, Dover, July 2011

silverainbow

Here today, Gone tomorrow
28DL Full Member
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Visited with Space Invader and Fort Knox Zero

And for some History;

Many proposals had been made for a Channel Tunnel dating as far back as Napoleonic times and in 1875 serious planning began on both sides of the Channel. However, early attempts on the English side were not very successful and flooding was a continual problem. In 1880 a test shaft was sunk at Abbot’s Cliff near Folkestone, followed by a second shaft at Shakespeare Cliff in 1881. The tunnel was expected to be completed by 1886, but the British Government were beginning to grow increasingly concerned that the Tunnel would render Britain extremely vulnerable in the face of an invading army from Europe (by this time recently unified Germany were perceived as posing the greatest military threat to Britain). The government remained concerned; very little work proceeded after 1882 and the project was forcibly abandoned in 1898 when bring was permanently restrained through the High Court.

Today the wooden props within the original shaft are rotten and crumple very easily and chalk falls are numerous. As the tunnel slopes downwards, the height of water begins to increase until a point is reached beyond which access is not possible.


My Pics :)

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Entrance into the tunnel, goes under the main railway line

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Moving further into the entrance

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The mark of the Man !

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Looking back down the entrance tunnel and into the bore of the main
tunnel itself

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Not too bad at this point

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Starting to fill up with water :(

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Deeper still didnt proceed any further :eek:

Was a good afternoons explore and the weather was kind for a change, well worth a look

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