Tunnel End is (surprise!) at the end of a tunnel - the Standedge canal tunnel, where the Huddersfield Narrow Canal runs under the Pennines, to emerge 3.25 miles further on at Diggle. The tunnel was built in 1811 - although it was closed in 1944, when the canal was no longer commercially viable, it reopened in 2001, and canal boats can once more go through it.
|Tunnel entrance, centre|
|Standedge Visitor Centre and canal|
Being at the head of the Colne valley, Tunnel End is surrounded by hills. The countryside wasn't looking at its best on a gray December day, but still beautiful, if bleak.
|From Standedge Visitor Centre, looking down the valley towards Marsden|
|The Loft at Standedge|
The middle floor is one very large room, except for the stairs and lift at one end, with large windows on three sides, which can be hired for events.
It will be an ideal space (without the chairs) to display some of the items from the Lee Mills collections, such as the 1837 bedspread, the First World War crochet, and of course some of my favourite knitting patterns and magazines.