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Gradually, the novelty of the tunnel wore off and it became an unsavoury place to visit. In 1865, the entrance was closed to the public. But that was not the end of the Thames Tunnel.

This map was made in 1868, three years after the tunnel closed to pedestrians and one year before it reopened as a railway tunnel

This shows a detail from a map made in 1868, three years after the tunnel closed to pedestrians and one year before it reopened as a railway tunnel

Despite hosting a huge variety of entertainments like this one, the Thames Tunnel slowly declined in popularity and was closed in 1865.

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