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Larkhall, Larkhall Viaduct

A Category B Listed Building in Larkhall, South Lanarkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7303 / 55°43'48"N

Longitude: -3.9853 / 3°59'7"W

OS Eastings: 275422

OS Northings: 650324

OS Grid: NS754503

Mapcode National: GBR 02L5.ZP

Mapcode Global: WH4R3.R7FG

Entry Name: Larkhall, Larkhall Viaduct

Listing Date: 15 August 1985

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 336514

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB5168

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dalserf

County: South Lanarkshire

Electoral Ward: Larkhall

Parish: Dalserf

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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Description

Arrol Brothers 1898-1904. High 6-span steel X-truss bridge across River Avon. Independent sections of box-frame construction with lattice work braces; girder and steel plate decking cantilevered with catwalks and plain handrails; timber-floored maintenance walkway along S side. Tapered bull-faced cream sandstone piers with granite cores on concrete foundations with narrow strip detail to angles.

Statement of Interest

Built for the Caledonian Railway company by Arrol Brothers of Glasgow, engineers; A H Boyle of Glasgow was the contractor. The building of the viaduct was authorised by Caledonian Railway Act, 1897, for the Larkhall to Stonehouse branch. The contract to built was drawn up between the Caledonian Railway Company and Adam Hall Boyle, contractor, of Ruchill House, Glasgow, on 9th April 1898. The central masonry piers, numbers 4 and 5 were completed in December 1899 and May 1900 respectively. These piers were erected on concrete bases 52 x 32 feet and were sunk up to 60 feet below the ground. Said to be the highest railway bridge in Scotland and the second highest in Britain, its centre span rises 174 feet, some 170 feet above the river.

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