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Saundersfoot Railway Tunnel (South)

A Grade II Listed Building in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.715 / 51°42'54"N

Longitude: -4.6952 / 4°41'42"W

OS Eastings: 213905

OS Northings: 205251

OS Grid: SN139052

Mapcode National: GBR GF.55HP

Mapcode Global: VH2PL.K5P2

Entry Name: Saundersfoot Railway Tunnel (South)

Listing Date: 7 May 1997

Last Amended: 7 May 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18439

Building Class: Transport

Location: On the coastal pedestrian route between Saundersfoot and Wiseman's Bridge, known now as the Miners' Walk. It is one of a group of three tunnels on the Countryside Commission's Pembrokeshire Coast Path

County: Pembrokeshire

Community: Saundersfoot

Community: Saundersfoot

Locality: Coppet Hall

Built-Up Area: Saundersfoot

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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History

These tunnels are part of the Saundersfoot Railway, which was authorised under an Act of 31 June 1829, promoted by Sir Richard Philipps and others. The planned branch to Wiseman's Bridge was estimated to cost £2131. It was not immediately built, but the S tunnel was in use by 1832 and the others by 1834. The railway was laid to the gauge of 4 ft (1.2 m), and the tunnels were built to a width and height of 2.4 m. They served the important traffic between Saundersfoot and Stepaside, which was especially important as the iron industry there developed. The railway was never used officially for public transport. In 1874 a locomotive was introduced on this line for the first time, specially constructed for the limited dimensions of the tunnels. The track was re-laid to carry it. The locomotive was a saddle-tank design by Manning Wardle. The railway remained in use until 1939 when the rails were scrapped. The route is now a public walk.

Exterior

The S tunnel joins The Strand in Saundersfoot to coppet Hall. (The middle and N tunnels are on the continuation route N past Coppet Hall).

Tunnel N portal and partial lining in local Carboniferous sandstone. In places where firmer strata were encountered the native rock was left unlined. The lining is generally 0.3 m in thickness. The width is 2.4 m and the walls 1.2 m high vertically with a semicircular vault. The tunnel is about 50 m in length, mostly lined.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an important relic of an exceptionally early railway and for group value with the other listed relics of the railway.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II The Cottage
    At E side of the road passing through Coppet Hall, ½ km N of Saundersfoot village. There is a low wall with slate coping and iron railings at the front and an iron gate between stone piers.
  • II Saundersfoot Railway Tunnel (Middle )
    On the coastal pedestrian route between Saundersfoot and Wiseman's Bridge, known now as the Miners' Walk. It is one of a group of three tunnels on the Countryside Commission's Pembrokeshire Coast Path
  • II The Cottage
    At S side of Frances Lane, about 100 m E of the County Primary School.
  • II Saundersfoot Railway Tunnel (North )
    On the coastal pedestrian route between Saundersfoot and Wiseman's Bridge, known now as the Miners' Walk. It is one of a group of three tunnels on the Countryside Commission's Pembrokeshire Coast Path
  • II The Hean Inn
    In the High Street of Saundersfoot village, at the corner of Wogan Terrace, in a very prominent position overlooking Cambrian Terrace. At the E is an adjacent low block in the same ownership.
  • II Rose Cottage
    Set into a line of buildings midway along the N side of High Street; stepped down from adjoining properties and set back from the road behind a forecourt with a low wall and iron railings and gate.
  • II Swn y Mor Hotel
    At the W side of Cambrian Place, adjacent to the Cambrian Hotel.
  • II Cambrian Hotel
    At the W side of Cambrian Terrace, in centre of Saundersfoot Village. The Cambrian Hotel is nos. 5 and 6, extending from what is now the S end of the terrace to the Swn y Môr Hotel.

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