The Hincaster Tunnel
Found this interesting bit of history while house hunting this afternoon. This is a tunnel built through a hill to take the Lancaster Canal up to Kendal. The canal first opened in 1792 but the most northerly stretches did not reach Kendal until 1819. This tunnel was the first major brick built civil engineering project north of the River Mersey. Think of all that effort to dig the tunnel for the canal not knowing the railway would arrive 30 years later. It is 378 yards long and 76' below the hill summit. The horses pulling the barges walked over the hill while the men literally "legged" it through the tunnel- see extra shot from the information board from whence I gleaned this history. When the railway came they had to build a bridge over the Horse Path - see other extra of Mr P walking up the Horse Path. The tunnel and the bridges accommodating the Horse Path are now scheduled ancient monuments although the canal is dry from half a mile the other side of the tunnel and on into Kendal. The new housing development nearby was very smart but did not shout out - "come and live here".