History group to walk the route of Lichfield’s Victorian tunnel

Chris Pattison is leading a walk along the route of Lichfield’s only authenticated Victorian tunnel.

The Hanch Tunnel was constructed between 1856 and 1866 to convey drinking water to Sandfields pumping station.

A spokesperson for the Lichfield Discovered history group said: “Along the way, we’ll be discovering the location of the remaining shafts which were sunk to enable construction of the tunnel and the walk will include a commentary with references to contemporary documents and photographs taken during recent surveys of the tunnel.

“We’ll also be taking some minor detours from the tunnel route to sites which were relevant to Lichfield’s original water supply.”

The walk will start at the Grange Lane/Eastern Avenue crossroads (city side) at 11am on Sunday (June 29), will last around two hours and end at Sandfields pumping station.

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  1. Laurence Skermer

    26th June, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Sounds Interesting. Am I being thick or isn’t the date on here

  2. Ross

    26th June, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    No Laurence, it seems I was being thick – but bonus points for paying attention and spotting our deliberate (!) omission.

    Thanks for letting us know, we’ve corrected it now.