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Wetheral Viaduct (Corby Bridge)
River Eden, Wetheral, near Carlisle, Cumbria, UK
Wetheral Viaduct (Corby Bridge)
associated engineer
Francis Giles
date  1831 – 1833 (opened 18th June 1838)
era  Georgian  |  category  Railway Viaduct  |  reference  NY467546
ICE reference number  HEW 720
photo  © The Carlisle Kid and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Also known as Corby Bridge, Wetheral Viaduct is faced with red sandstone and carries the Newcastle & Carlisle Railway 28m above the River Eden.
Built under the direction of Francis Giles, Wetheral Viaduct has five semicircular arches, each of which spans 24m. Each arch has a single ring of pentagonal ashlar voussoir stones on edge. The piers have rounded cutwaters and measure 5m thick and 8m wide at their bases. The deck width at parapet level is 7m clear.
A heavy protruding stringcourse carries three further courses of stonework as parapets, above which there is a railing on the southern side of the viaduct. On the northern side there is a footbridge with a high cast iron parapet in 2m long panels and transverse deck timbers.
A public footpath on the western side of the viaduct called the “99 steps” leads down to the river bank.
Contractor: William Smith Denton
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
reference sources   CEH North
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Wetheral Viaduct (Corby Bridge)