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Ouseburn Viaduct

Ouseburn Viaduct

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 13, 2018

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (East Coast Main Line) Over Ouseburn Valley
Newcastle upon Tyne: North East, England: United Kingdom
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1869 By Builder/Contractor: Weardale Iron and Coal Company of St. Peters, England and Engineer/Design: Thomas Elliot Harrison
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
116.0 Feet (35.4 Meters)
Structure Length
918.0 Feet (279.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
5 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is a large multi-span example of a wrought iron arch bridge. The bridge replaced an earlier laminated timber arch bridge dating to 1837-9. From a distance, the bridge has the architectural appearance of the timber arch bridge it replaced, but viewed up closed, the built-up riveted construction of a wrought iron bridge is clear. A bridge of simiilar design is located east of the city.

Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings

Listed At: Grade II*


List Entry Number: 1120788

NZ 26 SE NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE STEPNEY ROAD 12/534 Ouseburn viaduct with 12.11.65 accommodation arch GV II* Railway viaduct. 1837-9 by John and Benjamin Green for Newcastle and North Shields Railway Company; altered and width doubled 1869 for North-Eastern Railway Company. Sandstone ashlar with iron arches and superstructure (added in 1869 when original laminated timber arches were removed). T-section iron lattices between arches and railway bed girders, which are also supported by masonry. Sloped copings to buttressed piers and abutments. Ashlar skew arch over Stepney Road. Historical note: one of the earliest bridges constructed in Britain using the Wiebeking system of laminated wood; the present iron work closely resembles the timber original.


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