A railway tunnel in Fritchley which had been boarded-up for more than 30 years has been declared the world’s oldest by official adjudicators from The Guinness World Book of Records.
As reported in the Belper News, there were hopes that a section of track which lies on the route of the Butterley Gangroad, a horse-operated railway built by 1793 would prove to be among the earliest ever found.
Derbyshire Archaeological Society presented the evidence to the Guinness World Book of Records which has now said it is satisfied that the claim is justified.
The previous record holder, which was also in Derbyshire at Chapel Milton is at least two years younger.
More than 100 people carried out the work to establish the exact age of the tunnel including laser scan technology experts.
Trevor Griffin, the manager of the Butterley Gangroad Project said, “Its brilliant that we have gained a world record for this tunnel which had been lost and overlooked inthe past.
“The success is a great credit to the many individuals, firms and organisationsincluding the Heritage Lottery Fund, who have supported the project.”