|Initials and date cut deep into the rock walls of an old tunnel, discovered by workmen in 1935, below the offices of The Star newspaper at Hartshead. Explored by Frank Brindley who concluded that it was the missing tunnel to Sheffield Castle.|
The tunnel was cut from solid rock, about six foot in height and five to six feet wide. Frank Brindley, director of F.J. Brindley and Sons, explored the Hartshead opening using two skilled masons. Pictures and an interview were published in The Star in 1936, providing clear proof of their existence. The floor was described as well worn as from long usage, and bone dry, without any trace of rubbish. Its first direction was east, taking a line towards Castle Hill. It turned slightly south and then resumed its eastern direction, and when 50 foot from our entrance hall, we found the first trace of others having found this mystery tunnel before. On one of the rock walls were the following letters 'I.W. 1830' then just below 'B.R.', a dash and then 'T.W.W.B.' Exploring further, they passed beyond High Street and after rounding several bends found the tunnel ended abruptly at a brick wall, probably the foundations of a building in King Street. If the wall had not been built, they would have been able to walk underneath the buildings of King Street, and entered what was once the Castle at a point where the markets were then situated. For more information see, 'Strange South Yorkshire', by David Clarke. Cat. No. 398.3 S.
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