Sunday, 20 May 2012

Sunday Bridges: Spanning time and the Weaver

The Dutton Viaduct near Dutton and Acton Bridge was the first railway viaduct in the UK outside of London, built in 1836 for the Grand Junction Railway. It is still in regular use today, as part of the west coast line, spanning the River Weaver. It measures 391m (428 yards) long, with twenty 18m (60 feet) span arches. Its cost in the 1830s was £54,440 which equates to £4.25 million in 2012.

Today, for the first time, I’m pleased to be linking Mancunian Wave to Sunday Bridges , a San Francisco blog which shares photos of bridges from all over the world. 


  1. Beautiful! And surely built to last.

  2. Impressive! I like a lot the stone structure and the angle in your composition.Wonderful shot!

  3. Love it! Great shot Chrissy.

  4. Wow - that's a really solid piece of old history! Lots of bricks!

  5. Wonderful shot Chrissy... love the colors and perspective.

  6. Touching time, great piece of art this construction.
    Please have a good new week ahead.

  7. I do like a viaduct and this is a rather attractive one. Looks like a decent path for walking alongside too.

  8. Nice shot of this structure with the sky!

  9. This is definitely not 'the first railway viaduct in the UK outside of London'.
    You are correct that it was built in 1836, but the Sankey Viaduct on the Liverpool to Manchester railway, also built by Stevenson was constructed between 1828 and 1830.
    The Sankey viaduct is listed Grade 1 for its architectural and historic interest precisely because it is the earliest major railway viaduct in the world.

    London had to wait until 1838 for its first railway viaduct, the London Bridge to Greenwich line which was carried on a viaduct for its full length (just under 4 miles)

    1. Thanks for the correction Anonymous- my internet source must have been wrong ;-(