Secret tunnel uncovered under Burnham by builders
builders in Burnham-On-Sea have stumbled across a secret tunnel running
underneath the town which could be a major historical find.
half mile long tunnel - which was accidentally uncovered during construction
work near the seafront last weekend - runs from near St Andrew's Church
to the Somerset and Dorset pub at the other end of town, although some
believe it could run for miles inland.
historian at Bristol University, Paril Olof, who studies local history
in Somerset, said: "This is quite an unbelievable find - a real
historical gem. I'm sure we'll be exploring it further in coming days."
is believed the tunnel, which has not yet been fully explored, could
have been used by smugglers during the 18th and 19th centuries. Narrow
metal tracks for a train or pulley system were found in the tunnel,
as pictured above.
tunnel is currently locked and closed to the public but could be opened
later in the year.
you fooled by our April Fool's Day story above?
- our story below was an April Fool's Day hoax, published on Friday
April 1st 2005. Clearly, some of you were taken in by the article
and hadn't spotted the date, while others were on the ball and
realised we were having a bit of fun.
visitors suggested new uses for the tunnel...
Turning it into an underground car park to solve Burnham's parking
Extending it underneath the Bristol Channel all the way to Wales
and opening up a third Severn crossing!
it into a giant underground Tesco supermarket to avoid Burnham's
existing store being expanded!
the tunnel to lock away 'boy racers' in the town!
done to those of you who spotted the hidden April 1st reference
in the story; the name 'Paril
in the quote is an anagram of the words 'April' and 'Fool'!
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