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Victoria Railway Bridge, Houghton le Spring

Description: Victoria Railway Bridge

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 15 July 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 303173

OS Grid Reference: NZ3201454540
OS Grid Coordinates: 432014, 554540
Latitude/Longitude: 54.8846, -1.5025

Location: Castletown, Sunderland NE38 8LQ

Locality: Houghton le Spring
County: Sunderland
Country: England
Postcode: NE38 8LQ

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Listing Text

Victoria Railway Bridge

G.V. II*

Railway bridge. 1838 by James Walker of Walker and Burges. Rusticated
sandstone. 4 main arches, the most southerly spanning the Wear, and 3 minor
at each end : main spans 100', 160', 144' and 100'; height from foundations
to top of parapet, 156'6". Arches have voussoirs and bands; impost blocks to
the minor arches. 3 semi-circular buttresses continue as refuges in the
parapet. Massive coping to plinths of cutwaters. Historical note : Built
for the Durham Junction Railway and completed on Victoria's coronation day,
28th June, it carried the main London-Newcastle line until 1868. Links the
valley sides at their crest, and was modelled on Trajan's bridge at
Alcantara although not a copy. Source: Tomlinson North Eastern Railway
(Newcastle 1914) 227, 318, 319.

Listing NGR: NZ3201454540

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Source: English Heritage

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