Structure / Site Summary for 249270

Platelayers' Hut (Masons' Hut) at Blea Moor Tunnel South Portal

"Masons' Hut", Blea Moor: Elevation view from the north-west

Key details from the SCRCA Structure Record

Brief description: Platelayers' Hut (Masons' Hut) at Blea Moor Tunnel South Portal

Assessment status: Assessed

Location 1 - Rail-miles: 249

Location 2 - Chains: 21.00

Location 3 - Position relative to main running lines (tracks): Up

Is a structure of this type shown at this location on the MR 1911 landplan?: Yes

Construction / installation period: Unknown

Current Use: Disused

Visibility: Visible

Accessibility (ease of access): Moderate


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Primary / Secondary References

A hut (labelled "Masons Hut") is marked on the 1911 MR landplan at the location of this structure.

Plate 53 is a context image (undated) showing the Platelayers' Hut and the south portal of Blea Moor Tunnel (see SCRCA structure 249300).  The tunnel is 2629 yards long, reaches a depth of 500ft below the moor and took five years to construct between 1870 and 1875.  Also in the image is milepost 249 1/4.


Notes / additional information

The unusual angle of this hut relative to the running lines has yet to be explained. One possible explanation is that the hut dates from the period of the line's construction and that it was originally built and used for a different purpose (perhaps a tool store for the masons?), only becoming a platelayers' hut at a later date. The name may, however, be derived from the name of one of the foremen of the Blea Moor tunnel track-gang as naming huts after the relavant forman was a common practice. The unusual angle dates back to at least 1911 as the landplan shows a structure labelled "Masons Hut" at this location and at precisely this angle


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