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Newton Viaduct (L&MR)
Mill Lane, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, UK
Newton Viaduct (L&MR)
associated engineer
George Stephenson
date  1828 - 15th September 1830
UK era  Georgian  |  category  Railway Viaduct  |  reference  SJ592953
ICE reference number  HEW 932
photo  © Sue Adair and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Newton Viaduct is one of the many structures built to carry the first true inter-city railway between Liverpool and Manchester. Located west of Newton-le-Willows Station, not far from St Helens in Merseyside, the viaduct is Grade II listed and remains in use.
The Liverpool & Manchester Railway was engineered by George Stephenson (1781-1848) and opened on 15th September 1830. Newton Viaduct was constructed in 1828 and is in the same style as the railway’s grander nine-arch Sankey Viaduct (SJ569948) near Earlestown. Apparently, constructing Newton provided valuable experience for the engineers working at Sankey (1828-33).
Newton Viaduct is of red brick with yellow sandstone voussoirs, pilasters and dressings. It is approached from the west by an embankment and then crosses Newton Brook and Mill Lane (now the A49 but originally the Wigan and Warrington turnpike road). Newton-le-Willows Station stands at its east end.
The 12.2m high viaduct measures 43.9m between abutments. It has four semicircular arches, each of 9.1m span, with their soffits 8.2m above road level. A fifth, much smaller, elliptical arch at the west end spans the brook. Solid parapet walls flank the double track railway line. The abutments' curved retaining walls terminate in stone piers.
The viaduct cost around £5,300 to construct.
In August 1985, Newton Viaduct was Grade II listed. In November 2004, Network Rail North West was responsible for repairs to the viaduct’s masonry and brickwork. New handrails with cast iron uprights were fitted at the same time.
Consultant: Jesse Hartley
Contractor: George Findlay
Contractor (embankment): John Baird
Contractor (embankment): Robert Hutchinson
Architect (2004): Potts Parry Ives & Young
Consultant (2004): Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick, Manchester
Contractor (2004): Edmund Nuttall
Research: ECPK
"An Accurate Description of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, and the Branch Railways to St. Helen's, Warrington, Wigan, and Bolton" by James Scott Walker, 3rd edition, J.F. Cannell, Liverpool, 1832
reference sources   CEH NorthBDCE1

Newton Viaduct (L&MR)