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placename:- Hincaster Tunnel
site name:- Lancaster Canal
parish Hincaster parish, once in Westmorland
county:- Cumbria
canal tunnel; tunnel
coordinates:- SD51268512
coordinates:- SD50928508
10Km square:- SD58

1Km square SD5185

1Km square SD5085

378 yards long, faced with limestone, lined with 4 million locally made bricks. It was opened 18 June 1819, though said to have been finished Christmas Day 1817. The tunnel has no towpath and boats were legged through, horses taken over the hill by the Horsepath.
This tunnel took the canal route closer to the gunpowder works at Sedgwick.
photograph

Hincaster Tunnel -- Lancaster Canal -- Hincaster -- Cumbria / -- West portal. -- 9.4.2006
photograph

Hincaster Tunnel -- Lancaster Canal -- Hincaster -- Cumbria / -- West portal. -- 9.4.2006

old map:- West 1784 map

A Map of the Lakes in Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, now Cumbria, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, engraved by Paas, 53 Holborn, London, included in the Guide to the Lakes by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Westmorland, and in London, from the 3rd edition 1784, to 1821.
Tunnel
The tunnel is not drawn differently from the rest of the canal.
image Ws02SD58, button   goto source.
thumbnail Ws02SD58, button to large image
canal tunnel
county:- Westmorland

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
EAST PORTAL TO HINCASTER TUNNEL AND ACCOMMODATION BRIDGE OVER SUNKEN HORSE PATH / / WELL HEADS LANE / HINCASTER / SOUTH LAKELAND / CUMBRIA / II / 76442 / SD5146586062
courtesy of English Heritage
Formerly listed as two items
Portal to canal tunnel and accommodation bridge over sunken horse path. Completed Christmas day 1817. By John Fletcher, engineer. Tooled, dressed limestone with limestone string and coping and rounded fender course. Opening to canal tunnel has horseshoe arch with rusticated voussoirs and keystone flanked by tapering pilasters. Blank panel above probably intended for inscription. Accommodation bridge has horseshoe opening with rusticated voussoirs and keystone. Canal now dry.
district:- South Lakeland
listed building
coordinates:- SD51468606
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
WEST PORTAL TO HINCASTER TUNNEL / / WELL HEADS LANE / HINCASTER / SOUTH LAKELAND / CUMBRIA / II / 76445 / SD5092285084
courtesy of English Heritage
Portal to canal tunnel. Completed Christmas day 1817. By John Fletcher, engineer. Tooled, dressed limestone with limestone string and coping and rounded fender course. Horseshoe arch with rusticated voussoirs and keystone flanked by tapering pilasters. Blank panel above probably intended for inscription. Canal now dry.
district:- South Lakeland
listed building
coordinates:- SD50928508
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large Hincaster Tunnel -- Lancaster Canal -- Hincaster -- Cumbria / -- East portal. -- 9.4.2006

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