(In a further report the tunnel was said to be 180 years old.)I recall there have been a few incidents in Wasthill Tunnel, a canoeist aparanlty drowned. There was also a collapse in the 70's, some BW workers were repairng the brickwork when one of the construction shafts caved in on them.
I have travelled thought it myself in 1966 on a narrow boat call Adder. I recall one of the air shafts had loads of water pouring down and the engine of our boat was bringing the soot of the roof
Taking Mike's picture and the corresponding Google 3D it looks like the cottages shown still exist, but not in Masshouse Lane.
Thanks OldM, here is the 1880s map and the present view together. The remains of the old building on the right can still be seen opposite Tunnel House Cottage.Reference information in post#10 regarding cottages built at each end of the tunnel there is an aerial photo (date 1946) of the cottage at the south end. The canal is left of the cottage and the tunnel (underground) to the right.
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image from 'britainfromabove'
A similar view today but trees partially mask the cottage.
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A close-up view of 'Tunnel House Cottage' appears in the following link. See the nameplate on the building.
This is interesting, did Albert actually move to King’s Norton to pull the narrow boats through the Wast Hill Tunnel?In January 1967 Asenath Jane Boulton, of Tunnel Cottage Kings Norton, died at the age of 86.