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Latitude: 52.3278 / 52°19'40"N
Longitude: -1.159 / 1°9'32"W
OS Eastings: 457408
OS Northings: 270300
OS Grid: SP574703
Mapcode National: GBR 8R9.1SB
Mapcode Global: VHCTZ.VRMC
Entry Name: South Ventilation Shaft, Kilsby Tunnel
Listing Date: 11 March 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1343043
English Heritage Legacy ID: 361067
Location: Kilsby, Daventry, Northamptonshire, CV23
Civil Parish: Kilsby
Traditional County: Northamptonshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire
Church of England Parish: Kilsby St Faith
Church of England Diocese: Peterborough
LONDON TO BIRMINGHAM RAILWAY
South ventilation shaft,
Ventilation shaft. c.1838. Engineer Robert Stephenson. Random blue and red brick
with stone dressings. Circular with square recesses around the base,
machicolated stone frieze and castellated parapet. The London to Birmingham
railway was built in 1833-38 under the supervision of Robert Stephenson. The
Kilsby Tunnel was opened in 1838 and is approx. 2,194 metres long. The
ventilation shafts were built from the top downwards, small portions of the wall
being excavated at a time. The base of the shafts inside the tunnel are shown in
lithographs by J.C. Bourne of c.1838 in The Science Museum, London.
(J.C. Jeaffreson, Lofe of Robert Stephenson, 1864, Vol.1, p.201; D. Beckett,
Stephenson's Britain, 1984, p.99).
Listing NGR: SP5740870300
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