Any Tideswellian knows that there are Tunnels under the village. However, it seems that in living memory the number of people who have actually been down into these tunnels is few and far between.
For whatever reason, it is a topic that has fallen from the collective memory of the village.
I remember reading as a boy that there was a tunnel from Blake House to Eccles Hall. It was in the little blue book that every Tideswell family seemed to have “A History of Tideswell by W. Walker; 1951.
In addition to this there was always talk of a tunnel that led from Tindalls Shop to the Church opposite. Tindalls used to serve as a Gaol, long before it was utilised as a bakery.
Then I heard that there was….
- A Tunnel from the Church to Church Avenue, number 1 or number 2.
- A Tunnel from Swarbricks shop to Tindalls
- A Tunnel / Priest hole in the Star which might go to the Vicarage or Blake House
- A Tunnel from the Church to Wheston
- A Tunnel from the Church to Monksdale.
With all these supposed Tunnels, it’s a wonder Tidza doesn’t collapse into a subterranean labyrinth. So I raised the question via You Tube and the Facebook Group “Tideswell People”. https://www.facebook.com/groups/21177142561/
Tunnels under Tideswell
So again, I say to you, good people of Tideswell. Where are these Tunnels, and if you have access to one, can I come and photograph it…or its blocked up entrance? I want to get into these tunnels if possible. Tideswell deserves to know its history.