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Causey Arch

A Grade I Listed Building in Stanley, County Durham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.8974 / 54°53'50"N

Longitude: -1.6877 / 1°41'15"W

OS Eastings: 420126

OS Northings: 555896

OS Grid: NZ201558

Mapcode National: GBR JCNT.D6

Mapcode Global: WHC43.15MF

Entry Name: Causey Arch

Listing Date: 19 July 1950

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1240816

English Heritage Legacy ID: 439365

Location: Stanley, County Durham, DH9

County: County Durham

Civil Parish: Stanley

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Tanfield

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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Listing Text

NZ 25 NW STANLEY CAUSEY ROAD
(West side, off)
3/162 Causey Arch
19/7/50
GV I
Wagonway bridge. 1727 by Ralph Wood for Mr. Wortley and Col. Liddell; dated on
stone at foot of west abutment signed B. Horne; formerly also dated on sundial
signed Ralph Wood. Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings. 105' long
and 80' high, on round arch of 3 courses of voussoirs, the inner recessed; wide
buttresses. Probably originally without parapets; C20 railing added.
Considered to be the first railway bridge in the world; an example of the
early technological skills of the Northumberland and Durham coalfield engineers.
Source: J.C. Mann, 'Causey Arch - a Note' in Archaeologia Aeliana 5 XII (1984),
223-6.
T.J.M. Lewis Early Wooden Railways, 1970 pp 150, 155, 156.
W.W. Tomlinson North Eastern Railway, 1914, second ed. K. Hoole, Newton Abbott,
1967, p.9.


Listing NGR: NZ2012655896

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Description

NZ 25 NW STANLEY CAUSEY ROAD
(West side, off)
3/162 Causey Arch
19/7/50
GV I
Wagonway bridge. 1727 by Ralph Wood for Mr. Wortley and Col. Liddell; dated on
stone at foot of west abutment signed B. Horne; formerly also dated on sundial
signed Ralph Wood. Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings. 105' long
and 80' high, on round arch of 3 courses of voussoirs, the inner recessed; wide
buttresses. Probably originally without parapets; C20 railing added.
Considered to be the first railway bridge in the world; an example of the
early technological skills of the Northumberland and Durham coalfield engineers.
Source: J.C. Mann, 'Causey Arch - a Note' in Archaeologia Aeliana 5 XII (1984),
223-6.
T.J.M. Lewis Early Wooden Railways, 1970 pp 150, 155, 156.
W.W. Tomlinson North Eastern Railway, 1914, second ed. K. Hoole, Newton Abbott,
1967, p.9.


Listing NGR: NZ2012655896

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