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Description: Sankey Viaduct over Sankey Brook (That Part in St Helens District)
Date Listed: 3 February 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 216315
OS Grid Reference: SJ5688294719
OS Grid Coordinates: 356882, 394719
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4475, -2.6507
NEWTON LE WILLOWS
455/9/25 BRADLEY LANE
03-FEB-66 SANKEY VIADUCT OVER SANKEY BROOK (THAT
PART IN ST HELENS DISTRICT)
(Formerly listed as:
(Formerly listed as:
SANKEY VIADUCT (OVER ST HELEN'S CANAL
AND THE SANKEY BROOK))
Railway viaduct, 1830, by George Stephenson for the Liverpool
and Manchester Railway Company. Yellow sandstone and red
brick, of 9 round-arched spans on sharply-battered piers.
Rusticated ashlar faces, stone-banded brick jambs. Plinths
of 3 steps. One projecting band on each jamb. Plain, square
imposts. Heavily moulded cornices carry stone parapets with
plain square caps; a corbelled square pilaster on each pier
carries the cornice. Battered, curved abutments of brick
have stone quoins at inner ends.
Listed Grade I as the earliest major railway viaduct in the
world; in form and expression it presages the slightly later
and hence more assured Dutton and Vale Royal viaducts by
George Stephenson and Joseph Locke, carrying the former Grand
Junction Railway over the Weaver valley.
Part of this viaduct is in Cheshire.
Reasons for Designation
Sankey Viaduct over Sankey Brook (that part in St Helens district), an 1830 railway viaduct by George Stephenson, is designated at Grade I for the following principal reasons:
* Date: Constructed in 1830 it is of international significance being the earliest major railway viaduct in the world.
* Innovation: It acted as a model for George Stephenson and Joseph Locke's later viaducts at Dutton and Vale Royal, which carry the former Grand Junction Railway over the Weaver valley.
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Source: English Heritage
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