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Sankey Viaduct over Sankey Brook

A Grade I Listed Building in Burtonwood and Westbrook, Warrington

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.4474 / 53°26'50"N

Longitude: -2.6508 / 2°39'2"W

OS Eastings: 356876

OS Northings: 394716

OS Grid: SJ568947

Mapcode National: GBR 9XXK.XX

Mapcode Global: WH98B.7LZZ

Entry Name: Sankey Viaduct over Sankey Brook

Listing Date: 3 February 1966

Last Amended: 12 May 2010

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1075927

English Heritage Legacy ID: 216315

Location: St. Helens, WA12

County: Warrington

Electoral Ward/Division: Burtonwood and Winwick

Parish: Burtonwood and Westbrook

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Newton in Makerfield Emmanuel

Church of England Diocese: Liverpool

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Listing Text

The asset was previously listed twice also under List entry 1230621, in the district of Warrington. This entry was removed from the List on 25th February 2016.

455/9/25
03-FEB-66

NEWTON LE WILLOWS
BRADLEY LANE

SANKEY VIADUCT OVER SANKEY BROOK

(Formerly listed as:
SANKEY VIADUCT OVER SANKEY BROOK (THAT PART IN ST HELENS DISTRICT) and SANKEY VIADUCT OVER SANKEY BROOK (THAT PART IN WARRINGTON DISTRICT)
Also Formerly listed as:
BRADLEY LANE
SANKEY VIADUCT (OVER ST HELEN'S CANAL AND THE SANKEY BROOK))

I

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.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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