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Mickleham Tunnel

Mickleham Tunnel Mickleham Tunnel, photographed on 26th April 2009.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

The railway between Leatherhead and Dorking, opened by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1867, follows the Mole Valley through the North Downs. The river meanders to the east at Mickleham, but the railway passes through Mickleham Tunnel to avoid this deviation. The tunnel is 524 yards long.

The south portal of Mickleham Tunnel.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Mickleham Tunnel

The southern portal (above) is appreciably more ornate than the northern one (below), with triangular flint panels in the spandrels and stone decoration. Landowners often required ornate designs for structures in return for withdrawing objections to construction of the railway through their estates.

Mickleham Tunnel The north portal of Mickleham Tunnel.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

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