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Kelso, Smailholm, Whitrighill, Roxburghshire.
|NGR:||NT 61980 33650|
|Vert. Range:||Not recorded|
Drainage Tunnel. Disused tunnel & air shafts, Whitrighill.
So called air shaft is probably a well shaft located in field adjacent to farm house. TUNNEL is wrongly located on 6" map and probably refers to unusual ruin in field which resembles a brick lined tunnel.
Jim's description does not match the other descriptions of the tunnel (small, stone lined with a flat capstone roof) so he may have been looking at another structure.
Tunnel clearly marked on 6" OS map 1858 Sheet XXX connecting Whitrigbog Tileworks via Whitrighill to quarries at Maidenhall. Two wells are marked close to the Tileworks and 4 airshafts along the length of the tunnel. There are also several mill lades on or near the same route discharging eventually into the Tweed at Merton House.
Near Maidenhall. stone-lined tunnel built in early 19th century to drain substantial former wetland area at Whitrig Bog into Maidenhall Burn. Length from Whitrighill Farm to outlet in grazing field approx. 900 m. Entrance as 680 mm wide by 775 mm high.
Extensive tract of land originally overflown with water but drain'd by means of Tunnel driven through hill has become good pasture land. Property of Lord Polwarth.
Originally contained 100 Acres of Shell Marl.
Alternate Names: None recorded.
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