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Railway Bridge with Wall to West and Coal Drops to East

A Grade II Listed Building in Sowerby Bridge, Calderdale

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Latitude: 53.7074 / 53°42'26"N

Longitude: -1.9096 / 1°54'34"W

OS Eastings: 406064

OS Northings: 423442

OS Grid: SE060234

Mapcode National: GBR HT3K.CR

Mapcode Global: WHB8N.M2WP

Plus Code: 9C5WP34R+X5

Entry Name: Railway Bridge with Wall to West and Coal Drops to East

Listing Date: 19 July 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1134480

English Heritage Legacy ID: 339368

Location: Sowerby Bridge, Calderdale, HX6

County: Calderdale

Electoral Ward/Division: Sowerby Bridge

Built-Up Area: Sowerby Bridge

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Sowerby Bridge Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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SE 0623-0723
(north side)
Railway Bridge with
wall to west and
coal drops to east
Railway bridge with attached wall and coal drops. Probably c1875. Built for
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. Rock-faced stone; timber and iron to coal
drops. Bridge carrying railway over road has long retaining wall on left and
15-bay coal drops to right. Bridge: rusticated round arch, the voussoirs
aligned to courses; flanked by flat piers, that to left narrower; ashlar band
below parapet with flat ashlar coping. Retaining wall, sloping down to ground
level on left: ashlar band below parapet which on right is of rock-faced stone
but otherwise of thinly-coursed stone; rubble coping. Coal drops: bays divided
by stone piers with taller, quoined, tapered end piers which have ashlar bands
and chamfered capstones. The top 1/3 of each bay has a board retaining wall;
the middle 1/3 paired coal shutes with iron spouts (some removed), shutters and
winding gear. The drops are set under the railway track and coal would have
been dropped into them from trucks on the line above. The coal drops are an
impressive and extremely-well preserved example of the type. The Manchester
to Leeds railway line was constructed c1840, engineered by George Stephenson.
The bridge may date from that time, but is probably more likely to be
associated with the provision of extra sidings and track in the 1860s and '70s
(the viaduct over Town Hall Street/West Street was widened in 1862; the
station moved to its present site near the coal drops in 1876. Sowerby
Bridge, p25.
Sowerby Bridge Chamber of Trade and Commerce Official Tourist Guide

Listing NGR: SE0606423442

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