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Catesby viaduct under construction

Catesby viaduct under construction

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L3133. Looking down into the valley towards the rising brick piers of Catesby viaduct, a twelve arch structure that eventually carried the London Extension across the River Leam. Running beside the infant viaduct and making the steep climb up towards the course of the main line is a section of contractor's temporary railway. A scotch derrick and steam powered jib are being used to tip the spoil, whilst in the foreground a single navvy has turned to face the camera. Photographs such as this are what help to make the Newton collection such a remarkable archive. By capturing the engineering techniques and transitional landscapes that accompany railway construction, he compiled a unique tribute to a part of our nation's past which other photographers had long neglected.
Publisher
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorpersonalname - S. W. A Newton
Datecreation - circa 1897
TypePhotographs - black and white
Formatdimension.H - 160mm
dimension.W - 212mm
IdentifierNewton - 45/6
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 - Catesby, Northamptonshire (O.S. Ref: 452200 260500)
period - circa 1897
RightsLeicestershire County Council