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Frodsham Viaduct

Viaduct Number 53

Frodsham Viaduct

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 12, 2018

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Chester-Warrington Railway) Over River Weaver
Frodsham: North West, England: United Kingdom
Structure Type
Metal (Cast Iron) Hingeless Deck Arch, Fixed and Approach Spans: Stone and Brick Semicircular Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1850 By Builder/Contractor: Thomas Brassey and Engineer/Design: Alexander Rendel
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
92.0 Feet (28 Meters)
Structure Length
1,313.0 Feet (400.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
2 Main Span(s) and 23 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This is one of two similar nearby viaducts featuring cast iron main spans and brick arch approach spans. This bridge's brick arch spans are faced in stone. The cast iron arches have been altered by the addition of concrete, but the cast iron arches nevertheless remains visually prominent.

Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings

Listed At: Grade II


List Entry Number: 1253269

Railway viaduct over River Weaver and adjoining land, 1848-1850, by A Rendel, Engineer, Thomas Brassey, contractor, for Birkenhead, Lancs & Cheshire Junction Railway Co. Red sandstone, brown brick and cast iron. 2 segmental-arched iron spans of circa 30 metres over river; 2 round arches on west bank (Frodsham C.P.) and 21 on east bank (Sutton C.P.). Piers to iron spans are rusticated tooled ashlar; the other spans have rusticated voussoirs, pier faces and quoins and rock-faced spandrelsl brick reveals. Cornice to iron-span piers, plainer imposts to others. Top of central pier to river modified to take mid C20 concrete track bed.


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