Cook, M., (2000). Recording of the Standridge Tunnel Portal, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Marsden, West Yorkshire. nb Sundowner Lapworth Grand Union Canal: Martin Cook BA MIFA.

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Recording of the Standridge Tunnel Portal, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Marsden, West Yorkshire
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18
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A watching brief was carried out on an area from Marsden Portal (Grade II) to the Standridge Tunnel of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. The portal, originally symmetrical, had been built in two distinct parts: a structural part of dry stone walling intended to retain the hillside and a facing wall of similarly sized, squared stone presumably intended to fulfil the Victorian desire for more than mere functionality. The portal was built in the style of a bridge with a distinctive arch ring, spandrel walls, string-course and parapet with coping. A 'window-like' feature, was clearly intended to supply water from a spring above, to the towpath below, presumably to the stone trough which still rested at the base of the spandrel wall. With the construction of the railway in the mid-19th century the symmetry had been destroyed. When the tunnel opened in April 1811 a rota of round the clock working was adopted. Boats were admitted between certain hours at Marsden, possibly restricted by a winding a chain across the tunnel mouth. Apparently, a windlass to facilitate the raising of this chain was visible at each end of the tunnel until fairly recent times. [Au(adp)]
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Martin Cook
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Martin Cook BA MIFA
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2000
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Location - Auto Detected: Marsden
Location - Auto Detected: Huddersfield Narrow Canal
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Victorian
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Date Of Issue From: 2000 Date Of Coverage From: 01 Date Of Coverage To: 01 Editorial Expansion: Site name: STANDEDGE TUNNEL PORTAL, HUDDERSFIELD NARROW CANAL, MARSDEN
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Investigation type: Post-determination/Research
District: Kirklees, Oldham
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Ngr: SE02000960, SE04001190
Parish: Saddleworth
Postcode: OL3 5LT, HD7 6NH
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Archaeological Investigations Project (AIP)
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19 Jan 2009