These voices recall the days before cars and lorries were used to transport goods, bringing to life just how vital the canal was in terms of connection and industry. The recollections take you back to a time in history that is long forgotten but for these people and many others just like them, it was a way of life with the canal, and therefore the tunnel, being the lifeblood of their worlds.
Today the tunnel remains impassable, as it has done since around 1916, due to numerous roof falls. Both portals in Coates and Daneway remain visible to this day which is down to the fundraising and work of the Cotswolds Canal Trust.
Listen to Mrs Emily Elliot of Frampton Mansell (aged 84 when recorded c.1961) and Mrs Lily Moss of Lechlade (recorded c. 1965) share their memories of canal life and the Sapperton Tunnel in the video below, accompanied by images of the tunnel past and present.
With thanks to Saydisc Records for the audio - taken from Steam and Harness: Recollections of past methods of power and transport on the Cotswolds