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Welwyn Railway Viaduct

A Grade II* Listed Building in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.8184 / 51°49'6"N

Longitude: -0.1948 / 0°11'41"W

OS Eastings: 524525

OS Northings: 214852

OS Grid: TL245148

Mapcode National: GBR J8V.ZH5

Mapcode Global: VHGPD.KKWB

Plus Code: 9C3XRR94+93

Entry Name: Welwyn Railway Viaduct

Listing Date: 4 November 1980

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1348122

English Heritage Legacy ID: 158231

Also known as: Welwyn Viaduct

ID on this website: 101348122

Location: Digswell Water, Welwyn Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL6

County: Hertfordshire

District: Welwyn Hatfield

Civil Parish: Welwyn

Built-Up Area: Welwyn Garden City

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Digswell

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Railway viaduct for the Great Northern Railway. 1848-50 by Sir William Cubitt and Joseph Cubitt, Thomas Brassey contractor. 40 arches in red brick with blue facing brick added in the 1930s. The rectangular plan piers are flared to the base and have a projecting band at cornice level. The Viaduct stretches 519 yards across the Mimram valley with a maximum height 100 feet. Metal gantries added around 1980 as part of the British Rail electrification programme.
HISTORY: The Viaduct was built at a cost of o69,397, and constructed of 13 million bricks. It was opened 7 August 1850.
SOURCES: C. Biddle and O.S. Nock, The Railway Heritage of Britain.

An impressively monumental and elegant railway viaduct of 40 arches for the Great Northern Railway by eminent engineers Sir William and Joseph Cubitt.

Listing NGR: TL2452514852

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