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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1075927
English Heritage Legacy ID: 216315
Location: St. Helens, WA12
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
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.
NEWTON LE WILLOWS
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:
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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