Keys to the Past

Causey Arch, Tanfield (Tanfield)

This may be said to be the oldest railway bridge in the world. It was built in 1727. It consists of a stone-built arch and was built to carry rails for horse-drawn trucks over Tanfield Beck. This is a Scheduled Ancient Monument protected by law.

Reference number:D873
Historical period: Georgian (1714 to 1830)
Mid 20th Century (1933 to 1966)
21st Century (2001 to 2100)
Legal status:Scheduled Monument
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1002364



See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Tanfield


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