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Before the 20th century Channel Tunnel was constructed, other attempts were made without success. Here are some scenes from the 1881-1882 attempt, which failed mainly because the British felt that it would endanger national security. The Victorian tunnel was started at Shakespeare Cliff, Dover, on the British side of the Channel and Sangatte on the French side. From ‘The Graphic - An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper’ from 4th March 1882. ‘The Graphic’ was published by Illustrated Newspapers Ltd as a rival to ‘Illustrated London News’.

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