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Culvert, Arch and Retaining Walls, in West Face of Embankment over Causey Burn

A Grade I Listed Building in Stanley, County Durham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.8988 / 54°53'55"N

Longitude: -1.6837 / 1°41'1"W

OS Eastings: 420383

OS Northings: 556055

OS Grid: NZ203560

Mapcode National: GBR JCPS.8P

Mapcode Global: WHC43.34JB

Entry Name: Culvert, Arch and Retaining Walls, in West Face of Embankment over Causey Burn

Listing Date: 21 January 1987

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1260837

English Heritage Legacy ID: 439364

Location: Stanley, County Durham, NE16

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)
3/161 Culvert, arch and
retaining walls,
in west face
of embankment over
Causey Burn
GV I
Culvert, arch and retaining walls. Dated 1717; for Mr. Wortley and Col.Liddell.
Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings. Part of the engineering works
necessary for the Tanfield wagonway, as is the Causey Arch at the south end of
the embankment.
Funnelled retaining walls about 80 metres long and 2 metres high lead to portal
arch which has voussoirs below stepped retaining wall. Top course of first
step of wall has rough inscription '1717' and initials probably C.T., partly
obscured by moss.
Since Causey Arch is said to be the first railway bridge in the world, so this
is said to be the first railway embankment and therefore first railway use of
culverting.
These works were described by Stukeley in 1725.
Graded for historical interest.
Sources: T.J.M. Lewis, Early Wooden Railways, 1970 p. 150.
W.W. Tomlinson, North Eastern Railway, 1914, second ed. K. Hoole, Newton Abbott
1967, p.9.


Listing NGR: NZ2038356055

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Description

NZ 25 NW STANLEY CAUSEY ROAD
(West side, off)
3/161 Culvert, arch and
retaining walls,
in west face
of embankment over
Causey Burn
GV I
Culvert, arch and retaining walls. Dated 1717; for Mr. Wortley and Col.Liddell.
Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings. Part of the engineering works
necessary for the Tanfield wagonway, as is the Causey Arch at the south end of
the embankment.
Funnelled retaining walls about 80 metres long and 2 metres high lead to portal
arch which has voussoirs below stepped retaining wall. Top course of first
step of wall has rough inscription '1717' and initials probably C.T., partly
obscured by moss.
Since Causey Arch is said to be the first railway bridge in the world, so this
is said to be the first railway embankment and therefore first railway use of
culverting.
These works were described by Stukeley in 1725.
Graded for historical interest.
Sources: T.J.M. Lewis, Early Wooden Railways, 1970 p. 150.
W.W. Tomlinson, North Eastern Railway, 1914, second ed. K. Hoole, Newton Abbott
1967, p.9.


Listing NGR: NZ2038356055

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