Did you know there’s an old railway tunnel and air raid shelter underneath Harrogate? The tunnel was abandoned 146 years ago and the far end near Leeds road became an air raid shelter during the war years.
Phill Davison is a member of the Leeds historical expedition society. He recently photographed and documented the little-known Brunswick railway tunnel & air raid shelter, underneath Harrogate. These, he believes, are the only pictures ever to be taken down there. This is his account of the tunnel’s history.
George Hudson and the York and North Midland railway completed the line from Church Fenton in 1848. When it reached the site of what is now Harrogate’s Hornbeam Park station, it veered left and then plunged under the 400 yard long Brunswick tunnel, before emerging on what is now the far side of the Leeds Road/Park Drive roundabout.