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Sir Henry Pellatt:

 

King of Casa Loma

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Tunnel

The tunnel, which Lennox referred to as the subway, was to connect the castle with the country home and the stables and provide a conduit for goods, services and steam heat. The excavation was done with picks and shovels, aided by a plough and horse-drawn scraper.

Sir Henry had difficulty getting a permit to dig up the roadway but the city officials finally caved in. The subway structure was built in two sections and involved two concentric tunnels, one inside the other, with an air space in between them. It was 800 feet long and buried 18 feet beneath the road's surface.

The route went diagonally under the road and under the cottage and ran by the potting shed. The family that lived in the corner house could gain access to the tunnel from a stairway. This has since been sealed off.

The tunnel was a natural route for the staff and used for the transporting of flowers, plants and produce and Sir Henry could also wander back and forth when the weather was rough.

The tunnel has remained solid in spite of countless thousands of vehicles including many busses that have driven over it. It had to to cleared of asbestos insulation at one time but has never been flooded.

 

 

 

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