Martholme Viaduct

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Martholme Viaduct
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Engineering design Sturges Meek
Material Sandstone
Height 65 feet (20 m)
Number of spans 10
Construction begin 1870
Construction end 1877
Heritage status Grade II listed building
Coordinates 53°48′01″N 2°22′44″W / 53.8004°N 2.3788°W / 53.8004; -2.3788Coordinates: 53°48′01″N 2°22′44″W / 53.8004°N 2.3788°W / 53.8004; -2.3788

Martholme Viaduct is a 19th-century railway viaduct in the English county of Lancashire. It lies between the town of Great Harwood and the village of Read, and lies in both the district of Hyndburn and that of Ribble Valley.[1] The viaduct was constructed 1870–77 by engineer Sturges Meek.[2] It was built to carry the Great Harwood Loop of the East Lancashire Line over the River Calder.[3] That part of the line closed in 1957.[2]

The viaduct was originally intended to be a wooden structure but was eventually built of sandstone rubble.[2] It has ten round arches, each 40 feet (12 m) wide. On a slight curve, the viaduct is 65 feet (20 m) high.[3] In 1984 it was designated a Grade II listed building by English Heritage.[2]

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  1. ^ "Martholme Viaduct (That Part in the Civil Parish of Read)", National Heritage List for England (English Heritage), retrieved 7 August 2011 
  2. ^ a b c d "Martholme Viaduct", National Heritage List for England (English Heritage), retrieved 7 August 2011 
  3. ^ a b Hartwell & Pevsner, p. 310
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