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Benniworth, High Street Tunnel
Benniworth, High Street Tunnel
Benniworth, High Street Tunnel

High Street Tunnel, 510m (560 yds) long, is the shorter of the two tunnels on the Louth to Bardney line.

It passes under Caistor High Street (B1225) about 1 mile north of Benniworth village and lies between the former stations at Donington on Bain and South Willingham.

It was opened in September 1875.  (The far end of the tunnel can just be seen in this photograph.)

May 2013

Benniworth, High Street Tunnel, South Willingham
Benniworth, High Street Tunnel
Benniworth, High Street Tunnel
Benniworth, High Street Tunnel

The portal at the east end of the High Street Tunnel was constructed in Derbyshire stone.

The tunnel is lined in brick with several safety manholes (wall recesses) distributed along its length.

May 2013

Benniworth, High Street Tunnel
Benniworth, Railway Bridge
Benniworth, Railway Bridge
Benniworth, Railway Bridge

This is one of the few surviving road bridges over the former Louth to Bardney railway line (TF 218826).

The line of the road was adjusted when the railway was built but the angle of intersection is still oblique.

May 2013

Benniworth, railway bridge
Benniworth, Railway Line
Benniworth, Railway Line
Benniworth, Railway Line

The Louth to Bardney railway line crossed the river Bain on a high embankment soon after leaving Donington on Bain Station.

Further west, as shown in this photograph, the line entered a shallow cutting to skirt Benniworth Haven (to the right).

The Haven, an attractive hillside deciduous wood with two large ponds, was once accessible to the public.

May 2013

Benniworth, Benniworth Haven, railway
Benniworth, St Julian
Benniworth, St Julian
Benniworth, St Julian

General view of St Julian's from the south-west.

It is largely of greenstone, but repairs are apparent in the tower and buttresses.

July 2012

Benniworth, St Julian church, greenstone
Benniworth, St Julian
Benniworth, St Julian
Benniworth, St Julian

James Fowler's pleasing design for the church is appreciated in this view from the south-east.

July 2012

Benniworth, St Julian church, James Fowler
Benniworth, St Julian
Benniworth, St Julian
Benniworth, St Julian

This view of the church from the north shows the tall lancet windows in the transept.

Pevsner speculates that the small vesica window in the gable end might be original.

July 2012

Benniworth, St Julian church, lancet window, vesica
Benniworth, St Julian
Benniworth, St Julian
Benniworth, St Julian

St Julian, Benniworth, is an attractively set church which is largely the work of Fowler of Louth in 1875.

There is a Norman west doorway, mostly rebuilt and some Early English lancet windows. A reconstructed screen contains original shields of arms.

Mark Acton, 2012

Benniworth, St Julian church, James Fowler, Norman doorway
Benniworth, St Julian, Cross
Benniworth, St Julian, Cross
Benniworth, St Julian, Cross

The stump of a medieval cross stands to the south-west of the church.

July 2012

Benniworth, St Julian church, cross
Benniworth, St Julian, doorway
Benniworth, St Julian, doorway
Benniworth, St Julian, doorway

The fine west doorway is Norman, but was possibly moved to this position by Fowler in his rebuilding of 1875.

July 2012

Benniworth, St Julian church doorway, Norman
Benniworth, St Julian, doorway
Benniworth, St Julian, doorway
Benniworth, St Julian, doorway

Detail of the Norman west doorway, with zig-zag decoration, clearly restored by Fowler.

July 2012

Benniworth, St Julian church doorway, Norman zig-zag
Benniworth, St Julian, font
Benniworth, St Julian, font
Benniworth, St Julian, font

Pevsner describes the font at Benniworth as "Neo-Norman", presumably designed by Fowler for the Victorian restoration of the church.

July 2012

Benniworth, St Julian church, font, neo-Norman