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Filename: AL1908_036_01.jpg

Size: 4184 x 3388 (8.5MB)

Date: 12th February 2015

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

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Mersey Tunnel AL1908_036_01

The Mersey Tunnel, Liverpool, 17 July 1934. Stewart Bale Ltd was commissioned as official photographer to record the construction of the first Mersey road tunnel, known as Queensway. It was built between 1925 and 1934 by the engineers Basil Mott and J A Brodie to connect Liverpool with Birkenhead and to ease traffic congestion at the Mersey Ferry. When completed it was the longest underground tunnel in the world. Silver gelatin DOP (developing out paper) print

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Media ID 10928633

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Archive Picturing England Road Tunnel


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> Industry > Engineering and Construction > Mersey Tunnel

> Towns and Cities > Birkenhead

> Towns and Cities > Liverpool


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print takes us back to a significant moment in history - the construction of the iconic Mersey Tunnel in Liverpool. Captured on 17 July 1934 by Stewart Bale Ltd, the official photographer commissioned to document this monumental project, this image showcases the immense engineering feat that was Queensway. As we gaze upon this snapshot frozen in time, we are transported to an era where traffic congestion at the Mersey Ferry prompted the need for a groundbreaking solution. Basil Mott and J A Brodie took up this challenge and built what would become the longest underground tunnel in existence at that time. The photograph exudes a sense of awe as it reveals workers diligently constructing this marvel beneath our feet. The dimly lit tunnel stretches into infinity, its walls adorned with scaffolding and machinery echoing with sounds of progress. The silver gelatin DOP print adds depth and texture to every detail captured by Historic England's lens. Beyond its historical significance, this print also serves as a testament to human ingenuity and determination. It reminds us of our ability to overcome obstacles through innovation and collaboration. Preserved within these frames is not just an architectural masterpiece but also a symbol of connectivity between Liverpool and Birkenhead - two cities forever linked by Queensway's enduring legacy.

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