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Description: Chirk Viaduct
Date Listed: 2 September 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 255806
OS Grid Reference: SJ2869437205
OS Grid Coordinates: 328694, 337205
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9275, -3.0622
WESTON RHYN C.P.
SJ 23 NE
1/93 Chirk Viaduct
Railway viaduct. 1846-8 by Henry Robertson for the Shrewsbury and Chester
Railway with partial rebuilding of 1858-9. Rock-faced ashlar with yellow
engineering brick to soffits of central section. Approximately 30m high
with central section of 10 elliptical arches between pedimented abutments
and 3 further arches at each end (1858-9) replacing timber spans. Central
arches have pointed voussoirs, projecting keystones and moulded imposts struck
through to soffit; modillioned cornice and plain parapet. Abutments have
shallow pediments supported on corbelled cornices and round-headed niches
with moulded impost bands and projecting moulded keystones. Rock-faced
voussoirs to 3 arches at each end. The viaduct spans the valley of the
River Ceiriog and is partly in Wales, the border bisecting the structure
at an angle of approximately 45° from south-west to north-east. Forms
an impressive sight with the Chirk Aqueduct (q.v.) runnning parallel immediately
to east. B.o.E. p. 313; Edward Hubbard, The Buildings of Wales: Clwyd
(1986) p.130; Peter E. Baughan, A regional History of the Railways of Great
Britain, Vol 11: North and Mid Wales (1980) p.39.
Listing NGR: SJ2869437205
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