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Brackley viaduct under construction

Brackley viaduct under construction

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L2893. Photographed looking south around 1896, this is a wonderful snapshot of viaduct construction. Built to span the Great Ouse river and flood plain, the 22 arch 755 foot structure at Brackley was arguably the London Extension's single most impressive engineering achievement. The wooden planks of various lengths which are projecting from the arches are for the navvies to stand on whilst they complete the brickwork between each of these impressive spans. Note the wooden bridge centrings lying at the foot of the slope, and the contractor's temporary railway that runs parallel with the viaduct before turning around the embankment and up the far side of the valley.
Publisher
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorpersonalname - S. W. A Newton
Datecreation - circa 1896
TypePhotographs - black and white
Formatdimension.H - 162mm
dimension.W - 216mm
IdentifierNewton - 11/2
SourceS. W. A. Newton Collection - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
LanguageEN
Relationcopy of - glass plate negative
part of - S. W. A. Newton Collection
CoverageLocation.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
Location.Creation Site - Brackley, Northamptonshire (O.S. Ref: 459500 237200)
period - circa 1896
RightsLeicestershire County Council