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River Weaver Railway Bridge

Viaduct Number 54

River Weaver Railway Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 12, 2018

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Frodsham and Runcorn: North West, England: United Kingdom
Structure Type
Metal (Cast Iron) Hingeless Deck Arch, Fixed and Approach Spans: 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
285.0 Feet (86.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s) and 4 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This is one of two similar nearby viaducts on this railway line featuring a cast iron main span and brick arch approach spans. The cast iron arches have been altered by the addition of concrete, but the cast iron arch nevertheless remains visually prominent.

Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings

Listed At: Grade II


List Entry Number: 1391821

Viaduct, 1848 1850. Alexander Rendel engineer, Thomas Brassey contractor, for Birkenhead, Lancs & Cheshire Junction Railway Co. Brown brick and cast iron. Segmental-arched cast iron span of 25 metres approximately 28 metres above water level of Navigation, with a lower round brick arch to each side surmounted by doubly-recessed rectangular panel. Square abutments. 4 rectangular buttresses on each face. Moulded cornices: moulded stone imposts to central span; moulded copings. A reinforced concrete tract-bed has been inserted above the cast iron arch. A handsome symmetrical viaduct somewhat marred in appearance by the necessary super-imposed reinforced concrete strengthening.


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