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The Tar Tunnel

 

 

The Tar tunnel is located along the banks of the River Severn at Coalport, the tunnel starts near the foot of the Hay Inclined Plane and runs under the hill for at least 1000 yards. It was dug from the hillside in 1787 - probably in connection with the nearby coal workings. The miners struck a gushing underground spring of thick, treacle-like natural bitumen that was one of the great curiosities of the eighteenth century and still oozes from the walls today.

 

It was used to treat ropes and for caulking ships however small amounts of the bitumen was processed, bottled and packaged as 'Betton's British Oil'. It was sold as a remedy for 'rheumatic and scorbutic affections'.


It is now part of the Ironbridge Museum in Shropshire.

 

 

The Tar Tunnel

 

 

The Tar tunnel is located along the banks of the River Severn at Coalport, the tunnel starts near the foot of the Hay Inclined Plane and runs under the hill for at least 1000 yards. It was dug from the hillside in 1787 - probably in connection with the nearby coal workings. The miners struck a gushing underground spring of thick, treacle-like natural bitumen that was one of the great curiosities of the eighteenth century and still oozes from the walls today.

 

It was used to treat ropes and for caulking ships however small amounts of the bitumen was processed, bottled and packaged as 'Betton's British Oil'. It was sold as a remedy for 'rheumatic and scorbutic affections'.


It is now part of the Ironbridge Museum in Shropshire.

 

 

comments (6)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Aug 2011, 07:13
A brilliant portrait Les: I never knew bitumen came out of the ground as you describe
Les Auld: Neither did I Chris, thanks for the comment.
Simply a great b&w photo Les. Interesting story.
Les Auld: Thank you jaquelyn, appreciate the comment.
Now when I were A lad! Great portrait Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Frank, but you're not that old.
Excellent shot Les, one for a competition perhaps. BTW you look very handsome in the shots of you on the Southport P.S.website.
Les Auld: You must be mistaking someone else for me Brian, I look awful in those pictures. I've sent this to a BP Exhibition to see how it does but I am quite pleased with it. Thanks for the comment.
Very interesting and nice portrait
Les Auld: Thanks John it seemed to work OK.
Now, this is a truly superb portrait/documentary shot, Les. I agree with Brian about the idea of using it as a competition entry. I like the detail in the face and the fact you've shown him in his working environment
Les Auld: Definitely will be a competition entry Pamela, thanks for the comment.

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