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Jerviston Railway Viaduct, Forgewood, Motherwell

A Category B Listed Building in Motherwell West, North Lanarkshire

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Latitude: 55.8044 / 55°48'15"N

Longitude: -3.9932 / 3°59'35"W

OS Eastings: 275164

OS Northings: 658583

OS Grid: NS751585

Mapcode National: GBR 01KB.84

Mapcode Global: WH4QQ.MCPN

Plus Code: 9C7RR234+PP

Entry Name: Jerviston Railway Viaduct, Forgewood, Motherwell

Listing Name: Motherwell, South Calder Water, Jerviston Railway Viaduct

Listing Date: 28 January 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 383444

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB38242

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Motherwell and Wishaw

County: North Lanarkshire

Town: Motherwell And Wishaw

Electoral Ward: Motherwell West

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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Later 19th century. Tall 9-arch, railway viaduct. Bull-faced yellow sandstone, archrings, ashlar string course to piers at springing height.

Statement of Interest

The advent of the railway was a key factor in the industrial development of Motherwell. The Wishaw and Coltness Railway opened in 1841 and ran from Motherwell to Coatbridge. This line ran over the first Jerviston Viaduct, built in 1840, the first railway viaduct in Scotland and Motherwell's first railway bridge, so called because the its stone came from Jerviston Quarry. The first viaduct was over 300 yards long and 110ft high at the centre and was supported by ten piers. The viaduct, designed by Sir John McNeill, carried a single track on a base of wooden beams. No metal being used in the structure. When the Caledonian Railway took over the Wishaw and Coltness Railway in 1848, the Jerviston Viaduct was unable to support the increased freight and was abandoned in 1857. The old bridge was left intact and was known locally as the Globe Viaduct until its demolition 1922. Replaced with present viaduct. The present Jerviston viaduct was built a little distance away also spanning the Calder Vale.

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