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Knaresborough Viaduct
River Nidd, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
associated engineer
Thomas Grainger
date  1846 - 1st October 1851
era  Victorian  |  category  Railway Viaduct  |  reference  SE346570
ICE reference number  HEW 153
An elegant stone viaduct over the River Nidd, built to carry a branch of the Leeds & Thirsk Railway (Leeds Northern Railway). The four-span bridge stands 78ft high above the water, each span measuring 56ft 9in across.
The arches of the bridge spring from halfway up the tall piers to form near-hemispheres. The rounded ends of the piers are extended upwards and finished in small, crenellated towers, which also adorn the stone parapets. More pronounced, half-hexagonal refuges top the abutments, marking the approach.
The whole was designed to blend with the architecture of the town, and intended for completion in 1848. However, the near-complete viaduct collapsed on 11 March and took three and a half years to rebuild; the incomplete railway line was opened in October 1848 nonetheless.
reference sources   CEH North

Knaresborough Viaduct