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River Gelt Railway Bridge
River Gelt, south of Brampton, Cumbria
River Gelt Railway Bridge
associated engineer
Francis Giles
date  1832 - 1835
era  Georgian  |  category  Railway Viaduct  |  reference  NY531573
ICE reference number  HEW 719
photo  Paul Dunkerley / ICE R&D Fund
This masonry bridge has three arches of 9m span and carries the Newcastle & Carlisle railway over the River Gelt and two country lanes.
The bridge is constructed of red sandstone. Its semicircular arches have single rings of large ashlar blocks on edge supporting horizontal courses of rusticated blocks. The piers are also in rusticated blocks. There are protruding stringcourses carrying iron railings either side of the deck. The barrel vaulting of the arches is impressive due to the degree of skew of the bridge.
The stonework of the bridge is heavily stained due to leaching of cement from the mortar joints and rainwater. The outer arches carry the railway over the country lanes between Warwick Bridge, Talkin and Greenwell. A former public house stands nearby the bridge.
Contractor: John McKay
Research: PD and AJD
bibliography
"Newcastle & Carlisle Railway" by J. Blackmore and J.W. Carmichael
"The Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, 1825-1862" by J.S. MacLean
Robinson, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1984
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River Gelt Railway Bridge