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Victoria Bridge built on the line of the Durham Junction Railway, over the valley of the River Wear


2877


Sunderland


Usworth, Victoria Railway Bridge/Viaduct


Usworth


NZ35SW


Transport


Railway Transport Site


Railway Bridge


Early Modern


C19


Structure


The Victoria Bridge carried the North Eastern Railway (HER ref. 2625) over the Wear. It was completed on Queen Victoria's Coronation day in 1838 by the engineer T.E.Harrison. At the time it had the largest span in Europe. Built as part of the Durham Junction Railway, the viaduct was based on the Roman Alcantara Bridge in Spain. The largest of its 4 arches spans 160 feet and is 120 feet above the river. The total length of the structure is 820 feet. LISTED GRADE 2*


3198


5455


NZ31985455



<< HER 2877 >> 1st edition Ordnance Survey Map, c.1855, 6 inch scale, Durham, 13 Milburn, G & Miller, S (eds) 1988, Sunderland River, Town and People, Colour section, p.viii I.M. Ayris, & S.M. Linsley, 1994, A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Tyne and Wear, p.21 Tyne and Wear Industrial Monuments Trust, 1978, Sites of interest in River Wear plan area; W.W Tomlinson, 1914, The North Eastern Railway - Its Rise and Development, pp 318-319; Department of National Heritage, List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, 4/17

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