Description"An impressive sandstone structure with seven skew arches (it is not perpendicular to the water it crosses) and a castellated parapet. It was designed by Robert Nicholson and/or John Furness Tone for the Border Counties Railway and was opened in 1862. A nearby plaque records that the viaduct is a: "rare and the finest surviving example of the skew arch form of construction. This required that each stone in the arches should be individually shaped in accordance with the method evolved by Peter Nicholson of Newcastle upon Tyne, a pioneer geometrician in this field." See here for a view along the top: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2376672. The completed railway ran from Hexham to Riccarton with the aim of facilitating the movement of coal and other minerals to local industry. However, it proved not to be viable and the line closed completely in 1958." Photo by Stephen Richards, 2010.
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Further informationLink: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2376656
Resource type: Image
Added by: Simon Cotterill
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Picture Taken: 2010-08-00