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Wolverton Viaduct

A Grade II Listed Building in Haversham-cum-Little Linford, Milton Keynes

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Latitude: 52.0723 / 52°4'20"N

Longitude: -0.8118 / 0°48'42"W

OS Eastings: 481538

OS Northings: 242215

OS Grid: SP815422

Mapcode National: GBR CZT.5KS

Mapcode Global: VHDSZ.W56P

Entry Name: Wolverton Viaduct

Listing Date: 18 July 2001

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1389687

English Heritage Legacy ID: 488395

Location: Haversham-cum-Little Linford, Milton Keynes, MK19

County: Milton Keynes

Civil Parish: Haversham-cum-Little Linford

Built-Up Area: Milton Keynes

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Haversham with Little Linford

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

18-JUL-01 Wolverton Viaduct


Railway viaduct. Built 1837-8 for the London and Birmingham Railway, engineer Robert Stephenson, widened on the east side 1878-82 by the London and North Western Railway to accommodate two additional lines. Built in red brick in English bond, repaired in blue engineering bricks with red sandstone dressings. Blue engineering brick used throughout in the widened part. The viaduct is 201m long and 17.4m high and has six elliptical main arches, 18.3m wide on high rectangular piers with D-shaped cutwaters at their bases with semi-domed caps. The structure is finished with a prominent stone cornice and a stone-coped parapet; this was broken for refuges and had steel catenaries added at electrification in 1958. The six main arches are framed by giant pilaster buttresses with extra stonework of a frieze band and over sized dentils to cornice. The abutments are pierced by three smaller round-heeded arches above impost bands and a further semi-buried, round-headed arch at either end.
History: The viaduct was built by the London and Birmingham Railway, now the West Coast mainline, over the valley of the river Great Ouse. The line became a part of the London and North Western Railway in 1846, and of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923. It is the most impressive of the several viaducts on the line, being taller, more elaborately treated and with wider arches. It was one of the principal landmarks of the first trunk railway and one of the earliest viaducts on this scale. The line was quadrupled in 1879-82 and the viaduct was widened by 9.5m to accommodate the extra tracks, the joint can be clearly seen as the structures are not bonded together. Despite this widening the viaduct remains little altered in appearance, apart from the addition of the electric catenaries in 1958.
References: Information from Milton Keynes Borough Council.
J C Bourne, Drawings of the London and Birmingham Railway, London, 1839, pl 24.

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