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Chappel Viaduct
Wakes Colne, Essex, UK
Chappel Viaduct
associated engineer
Peter S. Bruff
date  14th September 1847 - 49
era  Victorian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  TL894282
ICE reference number  HEW 593
photo   Brenda Howard and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
The longest bridge in East Anglia, Chappel Viaduct takes the railway across the Colne Valley. Seven million bricks were used to build its 32 spans.
The viaduct is 1,136ft long and each semi-circular arch spans 30ft. At the highest point it reaches 74ft above the river. It is a Grade I listed structure.
Bruff, who was the engineer for the Stour Valley Railway, chose brick over the original choice of laminated timber for the viaduct partly because it was cheaper. Isambard Kingdom Brunel refuted the view that there were cost advantages. However, Bruff's design went ahead.
The viaduct is wide enough for two tracks but only one was laid as the expected traffic did not materialize. The viaduct is now used by a branch line.
Contractor: George Wythes
reference sources   CEH E&C

Chappel Viaduct