SP8898 : Towards Harringworth Viaduct

taken 9 years ago, near to Bisbrooke, Rutland, Great Britain

Towards Harringworth Viaduct
Towards Harringworth Viaduct
A long zoom-lens view into the Welland Valley from the entrance to Southfield Lodge on the Lyddington-Bisbrooke road (see SP8798 : The entrance to Southfield Lodge for the wider context).
Harringworth or Welland Viaduct :: SP9197

Both names are in current use. The OS maps it as Welland Viaduct, but Network Rail refer to it as Harringworth Viaduct, which has probably been the official railway name since it was built.

It was constructed in 1878 for the Midland Railway's new route between Nottingham and Kettering, designed to relieve the heavy traffic on the main line through Leicester. It provided a route for express trains between London and Nottingham as well as more capacity for coal traffic between the Midlands and the capital.

Built of brick, it consists of 82 arches, grouped in blocks of 9. It is the longest masonry viaduct across a valley in the British Isles, with a length of 1166 metres. The maximum height is 18 metres, and a feature is the relative uniformity of height due to the wide flat valley floor. It is Listed Grade II

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Date Taken
Thursday, 4 October, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 5 October, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Railways 
Place (from Tags)
Harringworth Viaduct 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 886 984 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:34.5720N 0:41.5865W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 878 987
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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River Welland 

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