Saturday, 3 January 2015


This time instead of heading to the patch I decided I could do a little bit about this towns history and well, it was kind of hard to leave out the name but I managed to do it for you. This should probably give you a big clue on what it is, if you have a light-bulb moment and figure it out please feel free to share your thoughts on either twitter or in the comments.

The Tunnel

In this town there was a narrow tunnel, which is now abandoned. This is disused and stretches 3,470 metres this connects our town with another. It was made in 1798 by a man named William Underhill. This tunnel had no towpath  (this is a path beside a river or canal originally used for horses towing canal boats) and was barely wider than the boats that used it, the headroom of the tunnel was 6ft not high at all really.

Scoop wheel ( my drawing.)
When this tunnel was made it would have taken 3 hours to cross through the whole of it, so in 1841 a steam engine was built into our towns side. The engine would power a scoop wheel to load the tunnel with water. Stop gates could be opened on either end to help boats along the tunnel in either direction.

As this tunnel stood there it has suffered quite a few collapses and after a major one in 1917 due to mining it was completely abandoned to this very day, and the tunnel is situated in the east of this town. In this town pretty much all of the houses here were built between 1930 and 1980.


This timeline is about a few events that happened in the past, just to give you a bit of an extra clue to where it is and so when I unveil the place you know about the towns history. 

1801- According to the census (the official survey) the population of this town was 3,833 quite a lot if you asked me.

1847- A police station was built to ensure the safety of the people.

1873- The football club for this town was founded. 

1878- The railway arrived when a branch from another place to this town was opened. (This one was really hard to word so I hope it doesn't give it away to easily.)

1883- A rail line connecting the town with Northfields was opened.

1893- And finally in this year the Coombes wood collery was opened.


This is quite a long line of rulers, I have done this so you can see really how many rulers there were. Originally the rulers of this town were Anglo Saxons, the name of the ruler was Olwine but after the Normans came and ruled them over this important job was handed to Roger Earl. When Roger passed away the crown (as this place counted as a big one) was forwarded to his two sons, first Hugh who died in 1098 therefore meaning it was given to Robert. However, the crown was taken off him and given to T
he crown in 1102. Now this is where it gets a little tricky. Now Henry II was in power but wanted to give it to his sister who had married David son of Owen Prince of wales in 1174. Then she restored the crown to the family line and next in line was Richard even though her son Owen still had claims over it. 

There is one part where Owen comes into the name of this town, but this is not until the 1270's until this happened. However, this is in fact a crucial part of this towns history but it involves the name to much this is why I can not tell you about it until when I reveal the name and place. 

That's all I have on the history of this town, good luck on trying to figure it out thanks if you've taken a bit of your time out of your day to read this. And happy new year to you all from me I hope you all have a good 2015.  

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