Description: Willington Viaduct
Date Listed: 19 February 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 303391
OS Grid Reference: NZ3178166718
OS Grid Coordinates: 431781, 566718
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9940, -1.5048
WALLSEND A.187 (north of)
NZ 36 NW
7/143 Willington Viaduct
Railway viaduct. 1837-9 by John and Benjamin Green for Newcastle and North
Shields Railway Company. Sandstone ashlar with iron arches and superstructure
(added in 1869 when the original laminated wood construction was removed).
1,048 feet long; 82 feet high. 7 iron girder arches of spans varying from
115 to 128 feet. T-section iron lattices between arches and railway bed
girders, which are also supported by masonry. Sloped copings to buttressed
piers and abutments. Historical note: one of the earliest bridges constructed
in Britain using the Wiebeking system of laminated timber; the present iron
work resembles the wood original. Source: Tomlinson History of the North East
Railwa 1914; 1967 reprint p.323.
Listing NGR: NZ3178166718
Source: English Heritage
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