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Queensway Mersey Tunnel workers at the Rendel Street heading, Birkenhead, 1928

Archive reference 6788-1

construction workers in a large roughly cut underground tunnel with metal suports holding up the top

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The Queensway Mersey Tunnel was constructed 1925-1934, at the end of which Stewart Bale’s photographic coverage totalled just under 1,000 glass plate negatives. Many of the negatives, such as this one, carry an inscribed caption describing the scene. The inscription on this image reads:

Contract No. 1. May 11th, 1928.

The tunnel is still being dug at this point and the photograph shows it before the walls were lined with cast iron segments.

This photograph was commissioned by the Mersey Tunnel Joint Committee.

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Do you remember the construction of the Queensway Tunnel? If you have any information about this photograph or the Stewart Bale company then we’d like to hear from you. Please contact Anne Gleave, curator of photographic archives on 0151 478 4487 or send Anne Gleave an email.