Railway Bridge over Southdown Road, Harpenden
Description: Railway Bridge over Southdown Road
Date Listed: 27 September 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 163612
OS Grid Reference: TL1410013442
OS Grid Coordinates: 514100, 213442
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8080, -0.3464
Location: Southdown Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 1PA
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TL 11 SW HARPENDEN SOUTHDOWN ROAD
5/78 Railway bridge over
Railway bridge. Circa 1865 by Liddell and Barlow. Extended on W
side circa 1880, when the London-Midland track was made
quadruple. Cambridge blue brick. The E side has stone
dressings. The W side is mostly in dark red stock brick.
Semicircular tunnel arch crossing the road at a steep angle,
giving the arch the appearance of a parabola. The elevations
have 1 and 2 broad plain piers, left and right of the arch. Deep
parapet. The E side has a stone roll moulding round the arch and
T-shaped stone modillions in the stepped brick band below the
parapet. On the E side the blue and stock bricks are
indiscriminately mixed and the piers of the parapet have brick
modillions. The tunnel arch comprises 18 square sections set
diagonally and overlapping each other in a criss-cross, stepped
formation. The 9 sections on the E side have smooth stone
imposts. Continuous plain plinth, capped in stone on the E half.
On the NE and SW embankments are sloping abutments in blue brick.
Each has deep rectangular buttresses linked by deep arched
recesses which terminate as niches. Long sloping elevations
finished by short brick piers.
Listing NGR: TL1410013442
Source: English Heritage
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