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Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear, Bishop Auckland (Bishop Auckland)

Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear 2006
Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear 2006

Newton Cap Viaduct  2006
Newton Cap Viaduct 2006

Newton Cap Viaduct 2006
Newton Cap Viaduct 2006

Oblique view of traffic bridge close to Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear, Bishop Auckland July 2016
Oblique view of traffic bridge close to Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear, Bishop Auckland July 2016

Oblique view of outer face of Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear, Bishop Auckland July 2016
Oblique view of outer face of Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear, Bishop Auckland July 2016

Oblique view of road underneath Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear, Bishop Auckland July 2016
Oblique view of road underneath Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear, Bishop Auckland July 2016

Close up of stonework on Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear, Bishop Auckland July 2016
Close up of stonework on Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear, Bishop Auckland July 2016

View of stonework and undersides of Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear, Bishop Auckland July 2016
View of stonework and undersides of Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear, Bishop Auckland July 2016

Third Oblique view of outer face of Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear, Bishop Auckland July 2016
Third Oblique view of outer face of Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear, Bishop Auckland July 2016

Oblique view of Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear, Bishop Auckland and nearby housing July 2016
Oblique view of Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear, Bishop Auckland and nearby housing July 2016

Fourth oblique view of Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear, Bishop Auckland July 2016
Fourth oblique view of Newton Cap Railway Viaduct over River Wear, Bishop Auckland July 2016

This railway viaduct crosses the River Wear. Construction began in 1854 and it was opened 1 April 1857 for the North Eastern Railway Company Bishop Auckland branch line. It is constructed of stone with ashlar dressings and brick-lined soffits. The line cost £30,000 per mile to build, especially due to the viaduct, which has eleven arches and rises 105 feet over the river. The viaduct's foundations had to be laid twenty feet below the riverbed, due to construction difficulties.
It was converted to a road bridge in 1994-5, and the deck was widened by four metres to accommodate footpaths.

Reference number:D37158
Historical period: Victorian (1837 to 1901)
Late 20th Century (1967 to 2000)
21st Century (2001 to 2100)
Legal status:Listed Building
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1269762



See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Bishop Auckland


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