Place    From 1825 

Brunel's Thames Tunnel

Categories: Engineering, Transport

The first tunnel in the world under a navigable river. Built between 1825 and 1843 using the tunnelling shield technology invented by Marc Brunel. It was originally intended to be used for horse-drawn traffic, but this never materialised. It was briefly profitable since it attracted tourist pedestrians so shops and entertainment were provided in the tunnel. It is now the link between Rotherhithe and Wapping stations on the London Overgound rail network. Not to be confused with the Rotherhithe Tunnel - used for road traffic.

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

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Brunel's Thames Tunnel

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Brunel's Engine House

Brunel's engine house The tunnel shaft and pumping house for Marc Brunel's tu...

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel - Thames Tunnel flooding

Near this spot in 1828 Isambard Kingdom Brunel was pulled half-drowned from t...

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Thames Tunnel Boiler House

Boiler House, this building was originally used as a boiler house during the ...

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Thames Tunnel - Rotherhithe

International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Thames Tunnel constructed 1...

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Thames Tunnel - Wapping

The tunnel which runs under the Thames from this station was the first tunnel...

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