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Box is on the A4, 5 miles from Bath and 6 miles from Chippenham

The earliest settlement was established a long time before the Romans arrival in the 1st century AD, who stayed till between the 5th and 7th century.




Box Tunnel. Built between 1836 -1841 was at the time the longest tunnel in the world


As far back as the 8th century stone has been quarried here. By the 19th century Box stone quarries were the most productive in the world.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Great Western Railway tunnel was built between 1836-41 and at that time was the longest tunnel in the world. At 2 miles long, on a descending gradient of 1 in 100 from the east. When the teams tunnelling from each end met in the middle, it was found that the alignment was just 1 1/4 inches out. Over 4000 men were employed in building this tunnel, using on average 1 ton of gunpowder a week. 100 men die during the 5 years of construction.

A lot of Box and the surrounding area is within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and as such is a Conservation Area.





Box Station' from a painting by Sean Bolan


The Reverend Wilbert Awdry, author of 'Thomas The Tank Engine' lived next to the railway station in Box. Click on the picture above to go to the Box web site for more information. Other well known people associated with the village are Peter Gabriel, formerly of the rock group Genesis has his Real World recording studio here. Box is also the home of the explorer David Hempleman-Adams.

51°24'52.9"N 2°15'07.9"W

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