Using a Ricoh GRD III and a Nikon DSLR to photograph streets, people, architecture and anything else that catches my eye.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Chappel Viaduct

Within two miles of my home lies one of the largest brick built structures in England; the Chappel Viaduct.

The Chappel Viaduct is 1,066 feet (325 m) long, has 32 arches of 30 feet (9 m) span and its maximum height is 75 feet (23 m). It currently serves the Marks Tey to Sudbury branch line just outside Colchester, which connects regularly with trains to and from London's Liverpool Street Station.  An estimated 6 million bricks were used !

The first stone was laid in September 1847. The viaduct took two years to build, and is thought to be the second largest brick-built structure in England. The first passenger train from Colchester to Sudbury, ran on 2nd July 1849. Trains still run across it several times a day.

I actually drive under the viaduct some mornings on my way to my place of work, so I am very fond of this amazing example of 19th century Great British engineering. It is a well photographed local landmark; and of course I have had to stop my car and take a few shots of the old beast myself.


s.c said...

Great shots of this viaduct. So they are not making them anymore.

Bill Wellham said...

Thanks s.c. I think something like this today would be constructed purely from reinforced concrete and steel. I think brick use is purely decorative in modern construction.

ismall said...

Last one is beautiful. like the use of vanishing point- looks like it is going off to infinity

Bill Wellham said...

thanks Iesha. I like those ever decreasing ovals too.