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'The Navvies Who Built The Bramhope Tunnel' is a 30 minute documentary featuring interviews with local historians, Geoffrey Forster, Barbara Winfield and Neil Simpson, plus contributions by musicians Serious Sam Barrett and Greg Mulholland from the Summercross Band. It also features footage from inside the tunnel itself, thanks to the cooperation and facilitation of Network Rail.

The film highlights the challenges of building what was at the time of completion, the second longest tunnel in the United Kingdom. The navvies, of course, did all the hard graft and were the real heroes in this 4 year construction. Many are commemorated at the Navvies Memorial in Otley, but many others who also died who are buried elsewhere.

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Otley Town Council commissioned Catapult Films to create a short 30 minutes documentary-style film, telling the story of how the Bramhope Tunnel was built between 1845-1849. 'The Navvies Who Built The Bramhope Tunnel' is a Heritage Lottery Funded project and has been completed to celebrate 170 years since the tunnel's completion. As well as the film, a book has been written by Angela Leathley along with other promotional material and two guided walks, all designed by Mark Currie. The film will be available on DVD in October. See the film trailer here:


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As well as shedding light on what the life of a typical navvy was like in the 1840s, the film also tells a few tragic tales of how some of the men died. Ultimately, this is a story based on facts that pays tribute to all the navvies who built this sometimes forgotten 2-mile stretch of tunnel.


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