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Brunel Engine House

This is an interior visit

The Thames Tunnel (Rotherhithe to Wapping), the first tunnel to be built underwater through soft ground, was built by (Sir) Marc Brunel, using a tunnelling shield he had patented in 1818. The 370 metre long tunnel, now used by the London Underground railway, was opened in 1843. It was a triumph of ingenuity and perseverance, in the face of floods, financial losses and human disaster. The steam-powered pumps which drained the Tunnel were in the Engine House. The original shaft can be seen.

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